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Van Persie brands United 'lousy'

ESPN staff
February 27, 2014
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Robin van Persie faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford after branding Manchester United and their season "lousy".

The striker was unhappy about his role in the team when they suffered a humiliating 2-0 Champions League defeat at Olympiakos on Tuesday night and has not held back with his criticism.

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"We are lousy - in a lousy position in the league, out of the cups and this looks a difficult one also," he is reported to have said by The Sun. "We are very disappointed. It's a tough season."

Van Persie has been rumoured to be unhappy at United for much of the season, although a rift with manager David Moyes has been denied.

However, Van Persie's reaction to the 2-0 defeat in the first leg of the last 16 this week has prompted further speculation that he may be unsettled.

The Dutchman is said to have joked after the match: "You didn't recognise us? Maybe it's because you didn't see us play in quite a while."

Van Persie had complained in a Dutch TV interview after the Olympiakos game about the way his team-mates had approached the game, insisting they were inhibiting his goal-scoring style.

He made a point of saying Moyes was not to blame but United's owners, the Glazer family, may not come to the same conclusion if their terrible form continues.

The latest defeat was United's 11th of the campaign and the club are set to miss out out on qualification for next season's Champions League and end the season without silverware after being eliminated from the FA Cup and League Cup.

Moyes is apparently safe for now but with more than £100 million likely to be spent overhauling the squad in the summer, United may consider a change if results continue to go from bad to worse.

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