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David Moyes admitted he and his Manchester
United players failed to show their ability and quality in Athens
after former club captain Roy Keane lambasted their performance during a
woeful 2-0 defeat against Olympiakos.
Keane, commenting on United’s performance in his role as an ITV pundit,
claimed Moyes would have been “shocked at the quality he is working with” at
Old Trafford after succeeding Sir Alex Ferguson as manager last summer.
The defeat leaves United needing to win by three clear goals in next month’s
second leg to progress to the quarter-finals, but while Moyes admitted the
performance was the worst he had seen from his team in the Champions
League, he stopped short of echoing Keane’s critical comments about
“I think there is undoubtedly talent at Manchester United but tonight we
didn’t show it,” Moyes said. “Me and the team, we didn’t show it together.
“It is something we will have to do. We will put it right. We are determined
to put it right and will have opportunities to do that in the coming weeks.
“That’s the worst we have played in Europe that’s for sure. It was a really
poor performance. We never really got going from the start and we didn’t
deserve anything because of the way we played.
“We never really got to grips with things and to a man you could hardly pick
anybody out. We just didn’t perform.”
When asked whether he had been let down by his players against the Greek
champions, Moyes insisted he should shoulder the blame for the performance,
arguably United’s worst in Europe for 20 years.
“I take responsibility,” Moyes said. “It is my time and I will always front it
up. The players are hurting as well. They know how they performed, but it is
a team here and it won’t change.
“We will stick to together. There is a second game to come and Old Trafford
has seen some great nights in the past and I am looking forward to hopefully
seeing another one.
“The one good thing is that there is still a second game to come.”
Keane was critical of United’s players and also of a “flat” post-match
interview given by Michael Carrick, whose wife apparently responded by
issuing an obscene message about Keane on Twitter, although it was hastily
“Nobody predicted that,” Keane said. “Criticise United all you want buy
Olympiakos were good, they were on the front foot and technically better.
“There is a lack of confidence and there are some players who just don’t have
“We’ve been brainwashed that the Premier League is the best in the world –
“It’s the best brand in the world but they have fallen behind, United more
than most. They need six or seven players to rebuild the club.
“Privately David Moyes will be shocked at the quality he is working with.”