Manchester United Struggles To Control Unrest Among Players

Manchester United boss David Moyes must be breathing a temporary sigh of relief, since his team has a bye this weekend. It will at least stop the bleeding.

The nightmare season seems to get worse and worse and now there are rampant rumors that the club is looking for a replacement for Moyes.

But that is not all the problems the club is facing. Aside from the poor performances all the way around, there has been finger pointing from one of its big stars, Robin Van Persie, who called his team's play -- and by extension his teammates -- "lousy" in a post game rant following Manchester United's shocking 2-0 loss to Olympiakos in the Champions League last Wednesday.

Van Persie also said that some team members were invading "his space" and not allowing him to set up the plays he needed to score for the team. The comments didn't go overly well and even though there are no details coming from behind closed doors, the tense situation is probably getting more tense in the locker room.

In a cryptic message posted to his Instagram page, one of the best liked players in Manchester United, Mexican star Javier "El Chicarito" Hernandez, appeared to be sending a message to Van Persie:

Chicharito has denied that his post was directed at Van Persie, but if it wasn't it sure sounds a lot like the Mexican player was talking about the Dutch star without naming names.

Van Persie's comments came after the humiliating loss against Olympikos which makes the chances of advancing in Champions League almost nil. The last thing Manchester United needs right now if for players to start fighting among themselves, but it's hard not to react to RVP's direct attack on his teammates.

The Inquisitr reported the British publication The Sun quoted the Dutch striker as saying:

"We are lousy — in a lousy position in the league, out of the cups and this (the Champions League) looks a difficult one also."

"We are very disappointed. It's a tough season. Sometimes we play good but not always. And we are not lucky. That's no excuse, though. We need to turn it around."

Many believe that manager David Moyes -- who is in a precarious situation because of the team's poor performance -- should have disciplined the striker, but he decided not to in order to avoid more internal conflict.

Manchester United has a lot of work to do to fix their problems, starting with performing during games, but it's not an easy task as they face West Brom this coming Saturday, March 8 at Old Trafford.