Manchester United are without a win in their last eight fixtures in all competition which has jeopardized Louis Van Gaal’s managerial position. Nemanja Vidic has his say about this.
It is their worst run since 1990 and the under performing United are often being criticized for their style of play and lack of creativity. Former legends like Roy Keane, Paul Scholes are lashing out the manager, his summer business and tactics. They have also questioned the quality and commitment of the current United players.
Though ex-United defender Nemanja Vidic has a different point of view in this context. The 34 year old Serbian left United for Inter Milan in summer 2014 after nine successful years of service when their season ended in a disappointed (the defending champions finished 7th in the Premier League) under David Moyes.
Things have changed since then. New boss arrived at Old Trafford before 2014-15 campaign. Manchester United have spent massive amount of money under Louis Van Gaal in last season’s summer transfer window and brought in players like Radamel Falcao, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Angel Di Maria. United managed to reconquer the UEFA Champions League qualification spot after finishing 4th in the league table.
This year has been a disappointment for them so far. Van Gaal let a number of players leave including Robin Van Persie, Angel Di Maria and Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez which raised questions among the pundits and fans. They bought in Memphis Depay, Mattero Darmian, Bastian Scweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin who are yet to prove their worth. Though deadline day signing Anthony Martial has shown promises but his hard work is not being paid off as he is not getting enough support from the under performing skipper Wayne Rooney. As a result, they are already out from UEFA Champions League group stage and domestic Capital One cup competition. They are now at 6th in the Premier League table with 9 points from top and 5 points below the 4th placed Tottenham Hotspur.
Though Vidic, who won 15 major trophies with United including one Champions League, is optimistic about his former team. He thinks:
“United can still challenge for the league. They’re not playing the football like we used to watch in an attacking way, but they’re playing good possession football”
Half of the season is still left to play for. What United need is to find their rhythm and consistency back. Senior players like Bastian, Rooney, Carrick and Mata must take a lot more responsibilities and fight for the status of this prestigious football club with dignity.
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