Jamie Redknapp has criticised West Ham United boss David Moyes for his tactics in games against so-called top sides.
West Ham adopted a back five and went ultra defensive in the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford.
The result puts a dent in West Ham’s European hopes but is indicative of a wider ‘inferiority complex’ against big name clubs this season.
Redknapp says Moyes is suffering ‘inferiority complex’ at West Ham and it is costing them a dream season
That’s according to boyhood Hammer and Sky Sports pundit Jamie Redknapp.
“‘I really liked watching West Ham at times this season, I didn’t like that performance today,’ Redknapp told Sky Sports.
“The first-half they set up like (they did against) Liverpool, an inferiority complex. They’ve lost away to Liverpool, Arsenal, drew at Spurs after being 3-0 down, Chelsea away they lost.
“If you want to go to that next level, they need to find results there. It didn’t surprise me, with the way they set up, how it turned out.
“They were hoping they were getting on the counter, it sends a message to the players they were hanging on for a draw and dying a slow death…
Comments with strike a chord with frustrated Hammers fans
“They need to change the mindset and find more flair and attitude where they can get something. Don’t wait for things to happen, that was a disappointment.”
Redknapp’s comments with undoubtedly strike a chord with West Ham fans.
Hammers supporters find it extremely difficult to criticise Moyes without appearing fickle or ungrateful.
The Scot has worked wonders at West Ham.
But he is not beyond reproach. No manager is, as football history tells us.
Redknapp makes a salient point and one that has been echoed by other pundits.
Supporters reluctant to criticise Moyes but he must take the shackles off
Moyes has been hamstrung by an inadequate squad, though.
That was clear for all to see last night again as West Ham could only name eight substitutes, two of whom were goalkeepers.
There is no back-up for Michail Antonio either.
Moyes cannot address those issues until the summer and only if he is given the backing of co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold.
In the meantime West Ham must take the shackles off if they are to achieve something great.