Manchester United have slipped from being a solid side into not winning a league game in five. Worse than that they have lost their last four games in all competitions, three in the league and the crucial game in the Champions League. United crashed out of Europe and with it all momentum seems lost. Results have been poor and even prior to that performances were far from top level. With no sign of improvement on the cards sacking van Gaal might re-ignite United’s season.
2) Top four might not be ensured
United were title challengers but that seems to be a long way from happening after a third consecutive league defeat. The Old Trafford side have now even dropped out of the top four following this poor run. The chances of a top four finish now look less likely as Leicester are still in and around the top. If United want to turn their season around and get into the top four they simply have to look beyond van Gaal.
3) Style of play
Even when results were going better United were playing very poorly. The style of play has been drab, which is not what we expect from a United side who have graced the Premier League with some wonderful attacking football over the years. Whist spending large sums on attacking players in Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial, the side let go of a number of attacking options and as such have struggled in front of goal. There are nine teams in the Premier League who have scored more goals than United this season. It’s not even just goals the build up play has been poor and United have been painful to watch at times. The club certainly need a new manager with a new vision. For all van Gaal’s talk of philosophies on signing for the club, he’s failed to make his clear.
4) Porous defence
In recent weeks the defensive foundation that contributed to United’s good start to the season has been degraded. The club have been leaking goals at the back, including the two shipped at Stoke. Against Stoke the defence looked shot of confidence, creating a lot of problems for themselves at the back. Six goals leaked in their last three games domestically highlights how the defensive organization is not working. This appears to be down to confusion in the tactical set-up and at the very least because of a lack of collective confidence.