Former Liverpool midfielder Jamie Redknapp has criticised Manchester United’s brand of football and, more specifically, their lack of pace.
The Reds are without a win in their last five games and have struggled immensely in front of goal throughout this season.
Man United have seemed short of ideas in the final third and their five goalless draws this season attests to that. There has been plenty of talk about Louis van Gaal‘s squad’s inability to score goals and Redknapp feels that pace, or the lack of, is a problem.
The purchases of Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial this summer should have helped United in the final third, especially helping them play quicker and more on the counter attack due to the speed the pair bring to the team. However, van Gaal’s system doesn’t seem to adhere to the sort of play United fans want to see.
“I saw them a couple of weeks ago against Southampton and they looked a bit pace-less,” Redknapp said on Sky Sports.
“They didn’t have any threat going in behind. Everyone wanted to come to the ball.”
On Saturday, United fell to defeat at Bournemouth but gave a glimpse of what could happen when players decide to get in behind the opposition defence. Memphis Depay‘s run beyond his full-back was spotted by Michael Carrick and after the Dutchman’s effort was parried, Marouane Fellaini was able to bring the Reds back on level terms.
It was an indication that a more forward-thinking United could get the most out of the expensively assembled squad. Players seem like they do not have the freedom to play on their instincts and it definitely seems to be hampering the side as they struggle to find form.