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Van Persie – United players must take some of blame

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Robin Van Persie insists that Manchester United players need to shoulder a good portion of the blame for the club’s failings when David Moyes took over.

When David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson, the plan was for things to carry like nothing had changed. Keep playing the United way, winning football matches, and lifting trophies.

Obviously this didn’t happen and in all honesty, it was never going to. Whoever took over from the great Sir Alex Ferguson was doomed to fail.

Robin Van Persie was a key part of the last great United side, and the Dutchman insists it’s easy to just blame the new manager.

Van Persie admits it’s unfair to let David Moyes shoulder all the blame. In an interview reported by Goal, the Dutch legend is adamant the players let the club down too.

He said:

“We did struggle because we ended up being seventh.”

“From such a high, we were thinking about winning the Champions League and moving on.”

“It was a new period as well with Scholesey coming to the end, Giggsy taking a player/coach role. It was all new.”

“Moyes was not to blame – anyone who came in after Ferguson, good luck to you.”

“It was not only him to blame, but it was also us [the players] as well.”

“The standards were so high but they dropped.”

David Moyes will probably not appreciate hearing he was ultimately hung out to dry by his players. But he will appreciate not being burdened with the blame by another critic.

However, not everyone has been quite so easy on the former Everton boss.