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Manchester United: The players don't deserve to wear the shirt

Manchester United continue to struggle
Manchester United continue to struggle .

David Moyes watched his Manchester United side suffer yet another setback yesterday afternoon, as the so called Premier League champions were held to bottom of the table Fulham at Old Trafford. 

The Red Devils may have dominated the football match against Rene Meulensteen's side, but they only came away with a point and, once again, fans of United were left disappointed. 

But, the problems at Manchester United are there for all to see. This team has lost hunger and fight, and there are too many players who don't seem to be taking pride in the shirt that they're wearing. 

This group of players, who won the title with ease last season, have won less than half of their Premier League games this season and sit 15 points off league leaders Chelsea. 

However, the biggest concern for United supporters is that the team are now nine points behind rivals Liverpool, who occupy the final Champions League position. 

It now appears extremely likely that Manchester United will be without Champions League football next season, which seems almost unthinkable. 

But, the team doesn't have a given right to play in Europe's elite competition and United may now have to watch rivals Liverpool take their place. 

So, who is to blame? Arguments will be made that David Moyes has made mistakes since taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson. And, without question, he has made errors, but he doesn't deserve the total blame. 

The players do. 

Even if this group of players haven't taken to Moyes, they should have taken to the fact that they are playing for Manchester United. 

Mentally they don't seem to be the same champions as they were last season. It's no coincidence that this team continues to concede late and extremely costly goals. The likes of Fulham, Southampton, Swansea and Sunderland (in extra time) have all shocked the Old Trafford crowd late on in recent time. 

David Moyes may well argue that his team have been unlucky and unfortunate, but the saying is true, that you make your own luck. 

Just ask Sir Alex Ferguson. His teams were renowned for their last gasp goals. This group of players were even part of that tradition too. Remember Robin van Persie's winner at the Etihad last season, or his equaliser at West Ham United in the FA Cup? 

There appears to be a number of stars ready to jump ship. Anderson, who left the club in January, revealed that Manchester United stars want out. The commitment of Robin van Persie, Javier Hernandez, Patrice Evra and Co. has all been questioned in recent months and there aren't many Manchester United star who seem to be giving their all for the club.

If that's the case, then these professionals should be ridiculed. Perhaps United need a Roy Keane, Gary Neville or Peter Schmeichel type character in the dressing room to fire orders at their teammates. 

Nemanja Vidic's decision to come out publicly and tell the world that he's off in the summer seems odd too. It's understandable to an extent, as he wanted the rumours about his future to go away. 

But at the end of the day, he's the captain of Manchester United and he's basically told everyone that he's jumping ship, just as everything is getting extremely tough. Don't be surprised if the likes of Evra, Hernandez and even Van Persie follow him out of the door. 

This summer could represent one of the biggest shake-ups in Premier League history. 

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Manchester United
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