The pressure certainly was on Manchester United and Louis van Gaal as they faced Chelsea, United had lost four consecutive games in a row and there was a whiff in the air of an impending sacking for Van Gaal if the result didn’t go his way.
While Manchester United didn’t win the game, they didn’t lose it either but importantly it was the performance which could have saved Van Gaal’s career for the moment. In the first half, United were as good as they have been under the time of Sir Alex Ferguson and the team did not look anything like the boring side that has developed under Van Gaal.
Almost every player in the team was playing to their best ability but the team could not get the important goal which could have given Van Gaal more breathing room. This showing however, did prove that the team can play attractive football when there is a need for it. The players have certainly not played to their ability this season and the blame for United’s season could well fall on a few individuals.
- Wayne Rooney
The buck does start and stop at the Manchester United captain. Wayne Rooney just has not started his season this time around under Louis van Gaal, though the stats would say that he is the leading scorer for the club this season with seven goals, just two of them have been scored in the league.
Rooney was expected to get back to his scoring best this season under Van Gaal but he has not been able to play in either the forward position or in the deeper positions. He might have all the ability but something is amiss from the England captain, he doesn’t have the passion and energy that was shown by him and without that spark raging inside him, it is a different Rooney that is letting Manchester United down.