A dismal night for Manchester United
by Sati Clare
Feb 25, 2014 10:58 PM GMT
Forget soul searching, tonight Manchester United hit a new low losing 2-0 to Olympiakos in their first leg match in the knock round stages of the Champions League.
The most disappointing part of this result was the poor performance given by the players. Not one player apart from Nemanja Vidic stood out for Utd tonight and that was it. Not one player covered themselves in glory. And not one player proved that he deserved to wear the shirt of such a prestigious club worldwide. Yes, we should not criticise too much as the club has had better days, but this performance has to be dissected and questions need to be asked of why there was such a lacklustre performance at the Karaiskakis Stadium.
In Pireas, the port of Athens, Utd looked drunk of ideas. Nobody could pass or keep the ball. Rio Ferdinand showed that he is now on the decline, Tom Cleverly, try he might has not proved his doubters wrong up to now. Michael Carrick was closed down too many times and was unable to dictate the pace in the middle of the park. Wayne Rooney, for all the industry had no impact in any real telling place is the oppositions half, Ashley Young again was ineffective and Robin van Persie had no service or support when the ball was given to him. Nobody was close to him, how could he have held up the ball?
Many a year has passed since such an abject performance by United. Moyes, speaking after the game admitted that his side "deserved to lose" and that this was "our worst performance". He isn't half wrong.
There is no shame in defeat and there is no shame in fully accepting that the opposition was the better team. The atmosphere was intimidating but that is no excuse.
United now do not play until the 8th March away to West Brom. A long time to wait in order to bounce back. Who is to say that they will even win the second leg and qualify for the Quarter Finals? I do not think they will keep a clean sheet. And that is the key now.
The players need to stand up and be counted, along with the manager. Things, it seems, will be getting worse before they get any better.