Stars war at United: Players try NOT to qualify for Europa - Sky Sports pundit

Tony Gale has given a damning verdict on the work ethic and ambition of some of the playing roster at Manchester United.

"[Manchester] United look like they're trying their best not to qualify for the Europa Cup [sic]," alleged Tony Gale when in the Sky Sports studio earlier today, Monday, one day after the Old Trafford club suffered their ninth Premier League defeat of the current campaign, an equal haul to their worst tally in the modern era.

Crisis may be one of the most over-used words in modern football reporting, yet when it comes to the situation shackling Manchester United at the moment - abject performances, abysmal results and a rebuilding project many commentators believe requires eight new players - it may still get worse, before it gets any better for manager David Moyes and the club's colossal fan-base at home and abroad.

That rebuild, though, may be exasperated if one of the club's few genuinely elite footballers attempts to engineer a move away from Stretford, as rumours intensify that Robin van Persie will shun any loyalty bonus in order to purse potential interest from Juventus, AS Monaco, Chelsea and, even though it's unlikely, Arsenal.

While van Persie, 30, has been responsible for either scoring or assisting a goal once every 104 minutes on average in Premier League duty thus far this season, the Dutchman has been hampered by injuries - both to hamstring and groin - but, despite speculation, insists he is content in the North West of England.

Gale said that what should be a flourishing partnership between Rooney and van Persie, though, is instead stuttering. He concluded: "Since Van Persie has come back I sense there is a bit of star wars going on… he's not trying a leg for Manchester United and Wayne Rooney can see that. Rooney is a top, top talent."

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