After 23 matches, Manchester United are fifth in the Premier League table and sit 10 points behind current leaders Leicester City. The Red Devils have failed to inspire confidence throughout the season and manager Louis van Gaal has come under intense scrutiny in recent weeks, none more so than after their 1-0 defeat to Southampton last weekend.
The Dutchman has won just 49% of his matches in charge of United, which is actually worse than David Moyes’ ratio during his brief spell at the club. Given time, Van Gaal may get it right but United’s lacklustre, lethargic performances are causing negativity across the entire club and the Old Trafford faithful are particularly sick of the Dutchman’s conservative approach.
United are incredibly boring to watch and it’s an absolutely horrific time to be a young fan. For many United supporters, all they’ve known is success and attacking football and it’s now incredibly difficult to watch the Red Devils play in such a methodical, structured style of football. United haven’t scored a first half goal at Old Trafford since September – a statistic that shows just how tedious the Red Devils have been in front of their home fans.
The guys at BT Sport, including former players Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand, have both criticised United’s style of play this season and it would be fair to say that Van Gaal’s tenure at the club may be coming to an abrupt end unless there are major changes in the coming weeks or potentially, even earlier if United have any hopes of securing Champions League football.
Unfortunately, it looks as though Van Gaal has lost all of his love for the club. During his early tenure, the Dutchman formed a healthy bond with the United fans but that feeling has quickly evaporated throughout the campaign. On current form, the Red Devils won’t finish in the top four this season and will slip out of the Champions League places – which are crucial for attracting the top talent.
All in all, United SHOULD move to sack Louis van Gaal immediately. With a tough run of fixtures coming up, the Reds cannot afford to slip up again and allow the likes of Manchester City, Tottenham and Arsenal to build a healthy cushion in the fight for the Champions League. With Leicester also in fine form, United need a minor miracle to quality for Europe’s elite club competition this season – and their supporters know it.