Le Tissier: Man United's lack of belief, creativity not just Moyes' fault...

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Matt Le Tissier sees a dearth of conviction in Manchester United’s efforts.

The Red Devils living nightmare kicked on at the weekend with a 3-0 dismantling at the hands of Liverpool at Old Trafford, the champions looking powerless to stop Brendan Rodgers’ men.

One would be hard pressed to argue against the scoreline even flattering the hosts, who were buoyed by David de Gea’s performance and saw Steven Gerrard’s third penalty attempt denied by the woodwork.

The result has been pointed to as an encapsulation of the misery of United’s season, marked by abject displays and false dawns, the side lacking the edge formerly shown under Sir Alex Ferguson.

In line with fellow onlookers, Southampton legend Le Tissier certainly wasn’t impressed by what he saw from Moyes’ charges - who lost for the fifth time at home this term on Sunday.

“There seems to be a complete lack of belief in their ability to win football matches,” he told talkSPORT.

“I’ve never seen them look so short on ideas in terms of going forward at Old Trafford. They used to dominate teams at Old Trafford.”

United constantly looked on the back foot in the face of Liverpool’s potent front line throughout the contest, struggling to find the same level of continuity in attack.

NameBig Chance CreatedKey PassesPossession Percentage
Manchester United 1 3 48.00

Indeed, the title holders came up with only 48% of the possession, three key passes and one big chance throughout the course of the encounter, left to watch the Merseysiders compete for the crown that will soon cease to be theirs.

And whilst Moyes has taken the brunt of the heat during his maiden campaign on the bench for the Red Devils, Le Tissier has instead singled the players out for blame after the latest setback.

“The players do have to look at themselves,” he added. “Its very easy to throw the criticism straight at David Moyes but you cannot just put the entire blame on the manager.

“There are too many players at the football club who have under-performed this season.”

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