Manchester United fans took to Twitter following another underperforming and mis-firing performance that saw them slump to a 12th defeat in all competitions of the season, losing 2-0 to Olympiacos in the first knockout round of the Champions League, leaving them with a tough challenge in securing progression to the quarterfinals in the second leg at Old Trafford, next month.
While the defensive frailty and midfield confusion has been touched upon throughout the day, largely due to the concessions at the back and the inability to keep shape in the middle of the park, the strikers have seemingly been given a pass from the press, however, social media has not been as forgiving, as fans bemoaned the new contract handed to Wayne Rooney and the perpetual sulking of Robin van Persie.
Mail Sport higlighted Rooney's heat-map, commenting that he was effectively taking up a role in defensive midfield. Supporters meanwhile, jested that Rooney may have gotten over the result by wiping his tears up with paper money.
United's midfield and attack-minded players failed to find van Persie as frequently as goalkeeper David de Gea, underlining the belief that Moyes' tactics are slightly behind the times. Other fans hoped this season is the last they see of the Dutchman, with the implied meaning that he may well be bad for the dressing-room considering all he does 'is complain and bring little to games through lack of effort'.
De Gea made more passes to Van Persie than Cleverley, Carrick, Welbeck, Young and Kagawa— X A V I (@AXavi_) February 26, 2014
Also been very unimpressed by Van Persie, all he seems to do is complain and brings very little to games, a lack of effort? #MUFC— Sam Hall (@Hally_07) February 26, 2014
RVP has an agenda behind his words. If you're happy you'd be silent. Little boy clearly having tantrums.— Horse (@petercwelch22) February 26, 2014
Van Persie certainly has nerve for criticising his team mates. Should have scored at least two last night for Man Utd. RVP #MUFC— DanTempleton (@DanTempz) February 26, 2014
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