The Southampton result was obviously a terrible one for Manchester United, particularly as it came Old Trafford. But let’s not pretend that the performances have been great over the last few weeks. Many people saw this result coming as the team seems to have stalled again despite the return of many hitherto injured stars.
But that game was a watershed moment in terms of some of our readers beginning to suggest that they aren’t happy with Louis van Gaal’s coaching ability and methods.
We have seen words like, ‘proud’ and ‘old’ being used to describe him. Certainly the recent limp performances have been even more worrying than the results.
It’s like Manchester United need to be awoken from their slumber. Even in the last half hour against The Saints, when Manchester United were chasing the game, there seemed to be a lack of urgency and hunger.
But it’s far too early to say that Louis is failing at United. He has just got his best players back and they clearly weren’t match fit against Southampton. Let’s judge Louis when he has been able to put out his best side for 6 games. At this point, he hasn’t even had the chance to work out what that best side is due to a crippling injury list.
Because we all know that success in football is about teamwork, as much as anything. Until the players starts to gel we can’t really know whether this is going to be a great Manchester United vintage or not.
We at soccersweep have begun to question the formation employed by the Dutchman over the last few weeks, as it seems very clunky and could be much more streamlined and simplified with four at the back.
But this is one of the best coaches in the world and he must be left to get on with his job. He wants Manchester United to be successful as much as anyone and we still believe that he knows how to make that happen.
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