Louis Van Gaal, the Manchester United manager, was let down by his defenders yet again in the Premier League yesterday. From a position of being ahead by 3-1 with only half an hour or so to go in an away game against Leicester City, the Red Devils lost it by 5-3 to get three positions down to no. 12 in the Premier League table.
It was horrible defending by the visitors and Van Gaal must have been feeling like pulling his hairs out.
You don’t expect a team like Leicester City to turn a match around like that, but, the kind of defence United has got presently, any team in the world can find a hole in that and that too without putting much effort. Yes, the 20-time League champions are that fragile at the moment.
Van Gaal, while speaking in the post match press conference at Leicester, did not hold back at all. He criticized the approach of his boys, which saw the odds of them making it back into the Champions League next year take another knock – they are now 20-1 to qualify for the competition according to the latest Champions League betting odds.
As per Van Gaal, the problem with United is that most of the players are looking to find the net on their own rather than doing it with team effort. In the words of the former Netherlands boss, “You can’t have almost everybody seeking to strike. Presently, it’s the case with us which isn’t good.”
“We’d almost bagged the match and then, we let them snatch it. It’s not acceptable. It’s not about Leicester; you can’t let that happen against any team. If the opponents are down, you shouldn’t give them the chance to come back.”
The positive thing for Van Gaal and United in that Leicester game was Angel Di Maria’s play. The Argentinean was magical again. His chip shot to give United a 2-0 lead was just sublime.
Van Persie and Ander Herrera also found the net for the Red Devils.