Manchester United striker Robin van Persie has attempted to defend under-fire manager David Moyes, telling The Sun that his beleaguered boss is working tirelessly to turn things round at Old Trafford despite a largely disastrous debut campaign to date.
Van Persie was fairly scathing about United's performance and tactics following a shock 2-0 defeat to Olympiacos in the Champions League earlier this week, accusing team-mates of preventing him from being on top form by occupying the spaces he likes to take up.
The Dutch forward was adamant that Moyes needs more time to get things right though, insisting that the team must do better and the first-team squad are equally responsible for making that happen.
He told The Sun: “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."
“With all due respect, we should be able to defeat this team 2-0 or 3-0.”
The 30-year-old missed a glorious opportunity to score a precious away goal for United in Athens on Tuesday night, blazing over the crossbar from close range towards the closing stages of a difficult night for Red Devils fans.
United must wait three weeks to put that result right at Old Trafford in the second and decisive leg of their last-16 tie, with attention returning to the fading fight for a top-four finish in the Premier League in the meantime and upcoming clashes with West Brom and Liverpool.