Mark Lawrenson blames Manchester United's players

Football pundit Mark Lawrenson looks on before the npower Championship game between Cardiff City and Queens Park Rangers at Cardiff City Stadium on April 23, 2011
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Former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson says that Manchester United's players are mainly to blame for their poor form this season.

Mark Lawrenson has claimed that Manchester United's players should take the majority of the blame for their stuttering campaign.

The Red Devils are currently seventh in the Premier League, 18 points behind leaders Chelsea, and manager David Moyes has come in for widespread criticism in his debut season at Old Trafford.

However, after watching the champions lose 3-0 to fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday, the BBC pundit placed the blame at the players' door.

The former Liverpool defender told The Mirror: "Now it is time for the gloves to come off in the Manchester United dressing room. Now is the time for David Moyes to stop mollycoddling the men that are hanging him out to dry and tell them a few home truths.

"Now is the time for Moyes to get the backing from the United hierarchy so that they are singing from the same hymn sheet as they look to deal with their underperforming stars.

"It is time to sit players like Robin van Persie down and tell them straight - 'If you want a new contract you are going to have to perform to a far higher standard than this. Last year was last year. Now we need more from you than you are giving us.'"

United host Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday hoping to turn around a 2-0 deficit from the first leg last month.

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