Former Newcastle United midfielder Jermaine Jenas feels that Manchester United’s players are unhappy with the brand of football they are playing under Louis van Gaal.
Man United have struggled for form this season and have been dire in front of goal, with many putting that down to van Gaal’s ‘philosophy’ and the way he wants the team to play. The Dutchman is very meticulous in his preparation for games and seems to set the team up to not lose, rather than go and win the game.
It seemed to work at the start of the campaign, with United often winning by the odd goal in many games, but since the goals have dried up and the defence has become more shaky, the Reds are in serious trouble. United are without a win in their last six games in all competitions and the players look disconsolate as they fall to loss after loss.
“They [Manchester United] look like a group of players not happy with the way they’re playing, the direction they’re being led in. Each manager looks at each team differently,” Jenas said.
“Louis van Gaal has the reins on them too much. They look like they’re doing what they’re told – his methods almost guarantee that you’ll get OK results – but they’re not enjoying that or getting the best out of each individual.”
There has been plenty of talk recently about unrest in the United camp, with many under the impression that van Gaal has split opinion between the players. However, the manager himself said that any animosity between himself and the players would bring his resignation, insinuating that everything is fine amongst the squad that he has.
United players certainly haven’t been playing to the best of their ability this campaign but it is difficult to say whether that is from their own doing or because of van Gaal’s system. Only time (and maybe a new manager) will tell but the Reds definitely need to try turn things around quickly in order to make a push for the title come May.