Kamara asks: Where's your Cantona? United have no fighters


Affable Sky Sports pundit believes it is not just Robin van Persie who isn't fighting for the shirt, but the Manchester United team as a whole.

Manchester United have lost seven of their 14 matches in all competitions in 2014, they are 26 points worse off at this stage of the Premier League season than they were last season and they are perilously poised in the Champions League Round of 16, trailing Olympiacos by a 2-0 score accrued by the Greeks in the first leg last month.

Under Sir Alex Ferguson's reign as United boss, the Old Trafford club possessed a fearsome identity, however, under David Moyes, it is as though they are anonymous, lacking a disciplined shape on the field and are seemingly vulnerable in every game they participate in.

However, according to Sky Sports pundit Chris Kamara, that is not the entire fault of the current managerial incumbent as he has inherited a team who have lost their desire for the fight.

"Moyes needs to get those players to feel that each of these games is their final swansong," said Kamara, diagnosing United as a team who lack motivation. "They should have been playing against Liverpool like their lives depended on it, they should have been trying to win challenges and stop them from playing; the manner of the defeat, not the actual defeat is what hurts the fans."

Should the club exit the Champions League this week there is very little for United to fight for outside of a hopeful passage into the Europa League competition next season. Under Ferguson's regime, though, there would be a number of players fighting until the season's end, regardless of what prizes were or were not on offer.

"The one thing Manchester United always did when they had the likes of [David] Beckham, [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes, [Gary] Neville and [Eric] Cantona was that they outfought people before they showed their own class and quality and at the moment we don't know whether United have got that class and that quality because they haven't outfought anyone.

"People have spoken about how unconvincing Robin van Persie has been recently but he's not the only one. When the form goes it's the whole team not just one player and it's hard to fathom out why it's happening and why it continues to happen.

"Manchester United fans, players and the manager are at their lowest point," he concluded.

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