Current Queens Park Rangers midfielder Joey Barton watched on in horror at Man Utd’s poor Champions League defeat in Greece.
The former Manchester City troublemaker isn’t one for holding back his thoughts.
Via social networking site Twitter, Barton often shares his opinion – whether it’s appropriate or not – and certainly isn’t one for hiding the criticism for England’s biggest clubs.
Manchester United’s woeful performance in their 2-0 defeat to Olympiakos in Greece was always likely to be the talking point of the evening, and it appears to be one of those defining moments where debate has turned into universal agreement.
Manchester United were beaten by a more motivated opponent, and beaten well.
Unfortunately for the Red Devils, it has been a sight all too often seen this season. 11 points adrift of fourth placed Liverpool in the Premier League, cup defeats at Old Trafford to Swansea City and Sunderland added to last night’s defeat in Greece – what has happened to the great Manchester United we have seen over the last 20 years?
After an hour of the game gone and United 2-0 down, Joey Barton said on Twitter: “When I heard Moyes and Rooney speaking about winning the UCL yesterday, I thought they either know something or I don’t… Or they’ve been smoking something illegal. 62 minutes in. Seems it was the latter.”
Quite a claim there by Joey, but United still had time to turn the tie around with an important away goal – one which should have come via Robin Van Persie. However, the Dutchman missed, and that was followed by Joey Barton’s massive assertion on Twitter:
If the Glazers and Woodwood don't produce 5 top quality signings, the dynasty Fergie built will be gone in 18 months. #mental— Joseph Barton (@Joey7Barton) febrero 25, 2014
Is it possible for Sir Alex Ferguson’s dynasty to be gone within 18 months?
The history can never be undone, however the fear factor has gone. Old Trafford no longer resembles the most daunting trip in the Premier League, and under Sir Alex Ferguson, standards would never have been allowed to drop so low.
The reality is simple, Manchester United no longer possess a starting XI capable of hurting teams.
Do they need five top quality players? The evidence would suggest they do, but whether they’d be able to attract five top quality players without Champions League football is another issue entirely.
This summer is set to be a fascinating time at Old Trafford.
Over to you David Moyes.
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