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Van Persie Criticizes Teammates Following UCL Loss
Guardian, February 26th, 2014 1:37PM

TAGS:  england, greece, manchester united, uefa champions league


Robin van Persie criticized his teammates for getting in his way during Manchester United’s 2-0 UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first-leg loss at Olympiakos on Tuesday. In an interview with Dutch TV, the striker said that some of his United teammates are occupying the spaces that he wants to play in, thus minimizing his impact. "Our fellow players are sometimes occupying the spaces I want to play in,” he said. “And when I see that it makes it difficult for me to come to those spaces as well. So that forces me to adjust my runs, based on the position of my fellow players. And unfortunately, they're often playing in my zones. I think that's a shame."

When asked about coach David Moyes, the Dutch international leapt to his defense. "He's working hard at it, and so are we. Sometimes we play well, but not all the time. We don't have luck on our side. It's easy to point the finger at someone, but I'm not like that. We have to do better ourselves."

Meanwhile, Moyes branded the performance in Greece “the worst we’ve played in Europe.” He said: “It was a really poor performance. We never really got going from the start and we didn't deserve anything because of the way we played. We never really got to grips with things and to a man you could hardly pick anybody out. We just didn't perform." The Scot refused to blame his players, however: "I take responsibility. It is my time and I will always front up. We didn't play well. We have to play better. We can do and the one good thing is that there is still a second game to come. We will do everything we can possibly do to reverse the 2-0 defeat.

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