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Manchester United Slammed by Former Keepers Peter Schmeichel and Roy Carroll

Roy Carroll slams United's stars in wake of 2-0 defeat at Olympiakos.
Roy Carroll slams United's stars in wake of 2-0 defeat at Olympiakos.Alastair Grant/Associated Press
Dan BrettContributor IIIMarch 5, 2014

Former Manchester United goalkeeper Roy Carroll has accused his old team-mates of shirking their responsibilities under new manager David Moyes.

The 36-year-old watched from the stands as his Olympiakos side beat Manchester United 2-0 in the first leg of their Champions League tie, and when speaking with Sky Sports, the Northern Ireland stopper couldn't believe his eyes:

(The first-leg win) was a shock for a lot of press people but the players knew themselves they had a chance. We watched a lot of Premier League games this season and knew United had not been performing. On the night when I was watching it live from the stands, I've never seen a Manchester United team like it.

They've got good players but they had no hunger, no fight in the team so it was a shock in that way but not a shock the way we played. The goals we got were well deserved. At the end of the day you can be a good player but you have to give 100 per cent and give everything.

For me, Manchester United didn't give that and looked like they had no hunger and fight for the game.

Carroll, who left United in 2005 after four years with the club, won the Premier League, FA Cup and Community Shield under Sir Alex Ferguson.

With Ferguson's retirement at the end of last season, it would have been tough for any manager to pick up the gauntlet thrown down by the former boss and continue the Red Devils' domestic dominance.

Big shoes to fill: Moyes faces an uphill battle.
Big shoes to fill: Moyes faces an uphill battle.Petros Giannakouris/Associated Press

But Carroll believes his former colleagues are shirking their responsibilities and not playing to their potential for Moyes:

They might have slacked off since Sir Alex left, it's football. People have their routines. You can't do that in the Premier League. It's a big league with top and bottom teams fighting for points and you have to be prepared every game.

Sky Sports' article also saw Carroll's comments echoed by United's legendary goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel.

Peter Schmeichel offers his support to David Moyes.
Peter Schmeichel offers his support to David Moyes.Lai Seng Sin/Associated Press

The retired Dane won five Premier League titles, three FA Cups, one League Cup trophy and the Champions League, amongst others during his eight-year career in Manchester.

The stopper, who played under Ferguson during his stay at Old Trafford, backed the club's decision to appoint Moyes in the summer and admitted his own respect for the Scotsman:

I think David is a great choice. He's shown he's got the pedigree, he's got the ability, he can stay in a place for a very long time - he showed that at Everton. At United, we want our managers to stay a long time but this year has been really tough on him.

Schmeichel continued, stating his belief that Moyes needs to establish a squad that he can trust if he's to turn things around at Old Trafford, with many of the Red Devils' squad still holding feelings for their former boss:

There's a lot of players there I'm very disappointed with. To be a Manchester United player, that carries a responsibility. You fight, never give in, even on days when it's not happening for you, you still have to try. But I've seen, throughout the course of this season, some players who haven't done that and this disappoints me.

I think he will have learned who he can trust and who he can't trust. And this summer, I think you'll see a lot of players leave the club.

With Nemanja Vidic already on his way out of United and reports of Patrice Evra's stay at Old Trafford coming to an end, per the Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler, big-name changes are starting to be made as Moyes begins his summer clear-out.

According to the Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman, Moyes is also frustrated with Robin van Persie's involvement this season, with rumours that the Dutchman could be set for a return to Arsenal, per Metro.

On his way out? Robin Van Persie chats with Moyes.
On his way out? Robin Van Persie chats with Moyes.Jon Super/Associated Press

But it is important for Moyes to surround himself with familiar, friendly faces as he looks to build a long-term future for United.

His protracted chase of Leighton Baines, whom he worked with at Everton, saw the Toffees prove resilient to Moyes' advances, with the England left-back signing a new deal at Goodison Park.

The Merseyside club are set to do similar with United's right-back target Seamus Coleman, per Metro, as Moyes looks to add more former co-workers to his squad, alongside the already purchased Marouane Fellaini.

It won't be easy for the United manager, who hosts many players who remain fond of Ferguson's methodology and managerial prowess. However, it's time the squad's senior players gave their all for their manager.

The Times posed an interesting question on Twitter, on whether Ferguson's involvement was helping or hindering Moyes' tenure:

Moyes proved his pedigree as a manager during his time with Everton, where he worked with little budget but still managed to lead the side into the Champions League and UEFA Cup during his nine-year stay.

Add that to his ability to spot talent, picking up Tim Cahill from Millwall, Mikel Arteta from Real Sociedad and Nikica Jelavic from Rangers; all of whom had a big impact during Moyes' spell as manager.

The Huffington Post writer Luke John tweeted of Everton's incoming transfers under Moyes, valued to the same £37 million he spent on Juan Mata, which could show signs of the manager's pressure to spend big at his new club:

It's this trust that United fans must invest in Moyes, giving him the room to breathe if he is to prove successful in Manchester and emulate his improvement at Everton.

Success wasn't imminent when Ferguson joined United either, but he quickly made sure every United player was playing for him. Moyes, according to Carroll and Schmeichel, cannot say the same right now.

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