Louis Van Gaal has admitted Manchester United have lost their fear factor and conceded the speculations over his future haven’t helped his side during an extremely difficult season, which could take a turn for the worse over the next seven days.
United travel to Shrewsbury for the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday night before welcoming Midtjylland in the return leg of the round of 32 of Europa League and then face Arsenal at home three days later in a match that could effectively end their already slim hopes of securing a top four finish.
Chris Smalling has urged his teammates to start rewarding the supporters, after they spent £71 to see Manchester United beaten by FC Midtjylland in the Europa League on Thursday.
It was a new low for United in what is turning out to be their worst ever season in the Premier League as distress on the pitch is exacerbated by the uncertainty surrounding Louis Van Gaal’s future off it.
Manchester United’s season took yet another embarrassing turn as Louis Van Gaal’s side slumped to a pathetic defeat away against Midtjylland in the first league of their Europa League.
Despite going ahead through a Memphis Depay’s goal, United succeeded in delivering an even more abysmal performance than the one they had produced at Sunderland on Saturday and were eventually deservedly beaten by a hungrier and more organised side.
De Gea, Love, Smalling, McNair, Blind, Herrera, Carrick, Lingard, Mata, Memphis, Martial.
Subs: Romero, Poole, Riley, Pereira, Schneiderlin, Weir, Keane.
Wayne Rooney has been left out of the Manchester United squad for Thursday’s Europa League last 32 first leg against Danish champions FC Midtjylland, with the striker out with a knee injury that, some media outlets are claiming, could see him miss two months of football.
In a press conference on Wednesday, Louis van Gaal revealed that the United captain was indeed injured, as it had been reported, but did not comment on how long he would be sidelined for:
“You can never say [how long he could be out for]. He has a knee problem so we have to wait and see. “He scores a lot of goals so he is very important for us. We know that but we have to cope with that.”
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Manchester United will be without Wayne Rooney for the next six weeks, starting with tomorrow’s trip to Denmark, after the England captain has been ruled out with a knee ligament injury.
After a dismal start to the season, Rooney’s form improved considering since the turn of the year, as he scored seven goals in as many appearances in the first seven matches of 2016, including the winners against Sheffield United and Liverpool.
Nicky Butt revealed he’s very proud to have been named the new Academy coach at Manchester United and that he was looking forward to get started.
Butt, whose appointment to replace Brian McClair was announced on Monday, was adamant the club had all it needed to bridge the gap with its rivals, whose youth sectors have overtaken United’s in recent years.
A season punctuated by too many lows and very few, if any, highs plunged to a new whole on Saturday.
Arrived on Wearside on the back of their three best performances of the season and facing a Sunderland side stuck in the relegation zone, Manchester United reverted to type and produced a performance of such ineptitude that any talk of a top four finish must now surely be taken as a practical joke and nothing more than that.