Daniele De Rossi has launched a vile attack on Manchester United.
In a surprising and poorly worded tirade the Italian, linked with a move to Old Trafford during the summer (per Ben Jefferson, Daily Express), has claimed he would've killed himself had he actually ended up in Manchester.
Italian daily Corriere dello Sport (via Football Italia) noted the player's disturbing comments:
"Thank goodness that I didn’t move to Manchester, otherwise I would have committed suicide by now…”
United have been struggling under Moyes this season having already lost six games, whilst De Rossi's Roma side are second in Serie A and just five points behind leaders Juventus whom they play this Sunday.
Roma's De Rossi says he would have 'committed suicide’ had he joined Man Utd http://t.co/HB9XAYt4yD— ITV Football (@itvfootball) January 3, 2014
As if to emphasise further the contrasting fortunes of the two sides, Roma boast the best defence in Europe—conceding only seven goals—and started this season in record-breaking fashion, winning their first 10 Serie A matches.
De Rossi's comments, however unpalatable, have far-reaching consequences.
For a seasoned professional to disrespect one of England's finest football institutions in such a demeaning and controversial manner not only makes the wider footballing public sit up and take notice, but it does little to enhance Moyes' own credibility.
The manager has been under fire ever since taking the hot-seat from Sir Alex Ferguson.
Respected coach and director of the World Football Academy, Raymond Verheijen, certainly wasn't backwards at coming forwards in questioning the Scotsman's principles:
David Moyes gambled with Robin van Persie's fitness and is damaging Manchester United, says Raymond Verheijen http://t.co/omBVMdd3Td— Michael Munyi (@mikemunyi) December 27, 2013
It's all very unsavoury, some might say unnecessary, and heaps yet more pressure on Moyes who needs to deliver in the second half of the season.
A new face or two in January certainly wouldn't go amiss, and may provide the spark that has been missing in a number of United's games already this season.
However, in a recent press conference, Moyes articulated that buying players at this time of year is always difficult:
That certainly won't stop the United hierarchy being involved at the sharp end in a number of big-name transfer deals this window.
James Robson of the Manchester Evening News reports that a £50 million bid from United for Everton's highly-rated Ross Barkley might be enough to tempt the Merseysiders into selling one of their prized assets.
Similarly, one of the architects of Juventus' successful season, Arturo Vidal, could be tempted to make the switch to Old Trafford with Metro reporting news of a bid for the £35 million-rated midfielder.
With De Rossi's vile comment still lingering, there is no better way to deflect such criticism than with big-game signings capable of bringing success and silverware to the Theatre of Dreams.