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Robin van Persie's pathetic comments only damage Man United

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Manchester United striker Robin van Persie decided to vocalise his dissatisfaction with tactics and performance following Tuesday's shock 2-0 Champions League defeat to Olympiacos, but his "lousy" condemnation of his side's season was ill-timed, out of character and quite frankly ridiculous given his own efforts in Athens.

Van Persie spoke out to moan about team-mates occupying his favoured positions on the pitch and having to adjust accordingly, although there was no United player in his path when the Dutch master was presented with a gloriously opportunity to smash home a precious away goal against the Greek champions.

The 30-year-old blasted over under little pressure from point-blank range though, which begs the question why he felt the need to castigate struggling team-mates to the Dutch media while his own performance was far from exemplary.

United fans will also recall with a degree of disappointment the way in which Van Persie tamely struck a shot at Wojciech Szczesny earlier this month, once again spurning the chance with the goal gaping and time to pick his spot.

In fairness to Van Persie his statistics for this season are still very strong, with 11 goals in 16 Premier League games, but when it matters at big moments in recent weeks David Moyes has been let down by his star striker.

Quite frankly his open criticism of a struggling manager's tactics is in poor taste too, surely any concerns could be raised internally and kept in-house among Moyes and experienced players rather than aired publicly.

Moyes needs the backing of his players to salvage anything from a difficult first campaign in charge of the defending Premier League champions, and even more so in the long-term to transform a struggling squad this summer.

Van Persie's input isn't constructive in the slightest and only serves to hint at a summer exit, rather than reaffirm his commitment to the club beyond this season.

It's no secret that Van Persie made the blockbuster £25m move to Old Trafford in search of silverware above all else in 2012, but if trophies are off the table in the short term that does not give the feared forward no right to openly discuss tactics in the media.

A less senior United player doing the same would surely have been castigated for making negative comments public, so why should Van Persie be any different?

It's time for Van Persie to do his talking on the pitch when United are truly up against it, with his talent undoubted and attitude in previous campaigns at both Old Trafford and the Emirates normally spot on.

Moyes may not have the power to force a gagging order and can't afford to drop the Dutch striker for his actions, but deserves a positive response on the field rather than snarky remarks to the press.

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