Michael Carrick has revealed the disappointment inside the dressing room after United saw their 10-match unbeaten run come to an end against Southampton on Sunday.
United delivered an utterly abysmal display, struggling to unlock Southamtpon’s brilliantly organised back four and failing to register a single shot on target, as Ronald Koeman’s man leapfrogged on the table to go third. The result saw the media pile pressure on Louis Van Gaal, whose insistence on deploying 3-5-2 system is yet to bear fruits.
Lets be frank here. It isn’t great really.
Coming off the back of defeat at home to Southampton there seems to be a fair amount of doubt creeping into United fans. Cards on the table and purely looking at the facts the Christmas period has been unkind. Performances have been uninspiring, the attacking football often turgid or non-existent, the defending appalling and a place in the top four slipping.
United’s 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League came to an end against Southampton, as the Reds were totally outplayed by Ronald Koeman’s men, who deservedly clinched a 1-0 win.
United looked bereft of ideas, devoid of momentum and struggled to create any meaningful chances, in fact they failed to register a single shot on goal in 95 minutes and produced arguably their worst performance under Louis Van Gaal, who’s likely to come under intense scrutiny after this result.
Here’s five things we’ve learnt from Sunday.
What a difference a Christmas break makes. A month ago Chelsea had won the league. Southampton and West Ham were going to be in the Champions League. And families across Britain were hopeful that their lives would mean something in 2015.
Fast forward to Monday morning and the Nation is furious they can’t wear pyjamas to work while simultaneously drowning in coffee. A wet realization has soaked commuters. This year is going to be exactly the same as the last.
Gazzetta Dello Sport are reporting that promising United youngster, Adnan Januzaj, has become a serious target for Italian giants, Juventus.
The Serie A side are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of Wesley Sneijder from Galatasaray but have grown frustrated by the Turkish clubs refusal to drop their asking price.
The report suggests Januzaj and United could be open to a loan move until the end of the season.
Manchester United have officially confirmed the signing of former Barcelona goalkeeper Victor Valdes, who has signed an 18-month deal with the club with the option to extend it for a further year.
The 32-year-old had been training at Carrington since October in a bid to recover from a serious knee injury that had seen his proposed move to Monaco collapse last summer and has impressed Louis Van Gaal enough to convince the United manager to offer him a contract.
Manchester United will “accelerate” talks with David De Gea to extend the Spanish goalkeeper’s contract in a bid to fend off Real Madrid’s interest.
The 24-year-old has only 18 months left on his contract and has not ruled out the chance of returning to Spain, even though he also admitted feeling at home and settled in Manchester, and United are determined to tie De Gea to a long term deal, thus avoiding any offers from Real Madrid.
Manchester United have offered Victor Valdes a two-year deal, with the 32-year old set to become David De Gea’s number two at Old Trafford this month.
The former Barcelona keeper has been training with United for the last two months to recover from a serious knee injury that caused his proposed move to Monaco to collapse earlier this season and he’s now set to join United as free agent.