Sch­me­ichel urges Moyes to get rid of ‘don’t care’ play­ers in Jan­uary

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ROBIN van Per­sie will play no part in Manch­ester United’s busy hol­i­day pro­gramme af­ter be­ing ruled out for a month with a thigh in­jury, man­ager David Moyes said yes­ter­day.

“Robin picked up a thigh strain in tak­ing a cor­ner kick which led to the goal (against Shakhtar Donetsk),” Moyes said ahead of tomorrow’s game at As­ton Villa.

The Dutch­man, who has scored seven goals in 11 Pre­mier League matches this sea­son, re­turned from a groin in­jury in last weekend’s 1-0 home de­feat by New­cas­tle.

His ab­sence will be a ma­jor blow to Moyes as United try and re­pair the dam­age of their poor first third of the sea­son which has left them in ninth place, 13 points be­hind lead­ers Arse­nal.

“It’s un­for­tu­nate be­cause I think if you look at our record with Wayne Rooney and Robin in the team, it is ac­tu­ally very good and we have not had them for quite a pe­riod re­cently,” Moyes said.

Mean­while, Peter Sch­me­ichel be­lieves some play­ers at United ‘don’t care’ about the club and he has called on man­ager Moyes to launch a Jan­uary clear out.

United have slumped to ninth in the Pre­mier League ta­ble, last week los­ing con­sec­u­tive home games against Ever­ton and New­cas­tle, and the leg­endary for­mer United keeper has urged Moyes to fo­cus on mov­ing play­ers out of Old Traf­ford next month.

The Great Dane said: “I think more than any­thing, he should let play­ers go. There are some play­ers in there that are not do­ing the job and haven’t been do­ing the job for a bit now.

“To be a Manch­ester United player, it re­quires a cer­tain level of per­for­mance, men­tal­ity and you have got to be proud to be a Manch­ester United player. I just see with five or six play­ers that they don’t care and we [United] have never ever had play­ers that don’t care. You should care.

“It’s so ob­vi­ous. Ev­ery­one is talk­ing about it. Let’s say the club have 560 mil­lion sup­port­ers. If you are named in the first eleven, you carry the re­spon­si­bil­ity for 560 mil­lion peo­ple’s well­be­ing at that time. That’s a lot of peo­ple. There are 75,000 peo­ple there at Old Traf­ford ev­ery time you play.

‘This is what you have to un­der­stand when you are a Manch­ester United player – this is the kind of re­spon­si­bil­ity you have to take on the pitch. Cer­tain play­ers look like they don’t care and they should not be at Manch­ester United.”

“I think David Moyes will al­ready have iden­ti­fied that, and the state­ment that he will make by let­ting play­ers go will be more pow­er­ful than the state­ment he will make by bring­ing play­ers in.”

Most ob­servers have re­flected that United paid the price for a poor off- sea­son trans­fer win­dow, in which the Old Traf­ford club failed to add to their squad ahead of David Moyes’ first sum­mer in charge, save for Marouane Fel­laini, who has en­dured a dif­fi­cult start to his time at the club.

“He, David Moyes, needs to sign play­ers,” Sch­me­ichel stated, “He needs to look around that dress­ing room and see play­ers that he has signed, not play­ers signed by the pre­vi­ous man­ager. But what is the point of sign­ing play­ers if they are not bet­ter than what you al­ready have and are not go­ing to im­prove the team?”

“I know it doesn’t look great we are ninth in the ta­ble but in Jan­uary, I don’t think the right play­ers are usu­ally avail­able.

“That’s the kind of gam­ble you have to take. Un­less you want to pay £50 mil­lion for some­one just above av­er­age that has a name, and I know some have been men­tioned, but I don’t agree with that. I think we are bet­ter than that.” – Reuters, Daily Mail

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