Manchester United latest: Van Persie 'unhappy', youngster leaves on loan

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Manchester United are still reeling from Tuesday's shock 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos, but the main headline appears to be the future of striker Robin van Persie. The former Arsenal striker criticised the team's tactics as well as his team mates, and after observing the game, Dutch legend Ruud Krol believes van Persie is unhappy at Old Trafford.

"I watched him play against Olympiacos the other night in the Champions League and he failed to put away a chance that he would normally score blindfolded," Krol said.

"Then his reaction later spoke volumes. He is not settled – actually the whole team is lacking self-belief. Nobody doubts the player's qualities or what he can do with the ball.

"Such crisis moments occur once in a while but Van Persie will definitely come good. Holland needs him for the World Cup."

Many pundits and ex-players are having their say on United's demise this season, and ex-Liverpool midfielder Ronnie Whelan has suggested that David Moyes needs to bring in up to ten new signings this summer in a bid to halt their decline. 

“People are saying United need five or six players but they need to get in eight, nine or 10,” said Whelan. With a reported £200m budget at Moyes' disposal this summer, it seems the former Everton boss agrees and will look to solve his problems by bringing in a number of new players at the end of the season.

One player has left Old Trafford today though, as promising midfielder Jesse Lingard has moved on loan to Brighton and Hove Albion for the rest of the season. The 21-year-old enjoyed a productive loan spell with Birmingham City earlier this season, scoring six goals in 13 games and establishing himself in the England Under 21 setup in the process. With high hopes for Lingaard, a loan spell to further his development could be key to his chances of getting into the first-team next season.

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