After Manchester United’s drab 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven on Wednesday, certain players are getting a bit of stick from pundits, but I think they are just victim of Louis van Gaal’s style of play.
You only have to look at the United manager’s teams to realise that it is all about not conceding goals first and foremost.
If you keep clean sheets then you have a chance to nick it and win games, and that is what they seem to be doing for the most part of this season.
To transfer that into an attacking unit seems to be proving a bit more difficult.
For strikers like Anthony Martial or Wayne Rooney, because you are not dominating games and getting loads and loads of possession, you simply don’t have a chance to have much of an impact.
That then gives people an excuse to say that you’re not pulling your weight.
Louis van Gaal obviously has his reasons for wanting to keep them tight at the back, but for them to be really successful he’s going to have to unleash them a little bit more.
We seem to always be talking about leaders in the game these days, and now various people are calling into question Rooney’s leadership qualities.
Opinions can change very quickly in football and it looks like Wayne is facing similar sort of stick handed out to his contemporaries across Manchester.
Manchester City fans were lamenting their luck when Vincent Kompany got injured a couple of years ago, saying he was the one that held them all together, but after one indifferent season, the attitude seems to have changed.
All about consistency for English clubs
It was a mixed week in the Champions League for English clubs, with the two Manchester outfits failing to pick up wins.
In reality, I don’t think we are that far away from competing with the best in Europe with the quality of players our teams have, it’s just about consistency.
They are so hot and cold at the moment, it’s very disappointing.
Football’s a results driven business and the clubs are just not being consistent enough to get them.
It’s hard to judge how good the English clubs really are. If Arsenal and Manchester City fail to go through, while I don’t think that will happen, then people will ask questions.
But I think that if they can transfer their league form (City’s Liverpool defeat aside) then I think anybody is capable of beating anybody on any given day.
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