Lou Macari: Manchester United in awful form heading into Stoke City clash

by Ben Topliss

Lou Macari believes Manchester United have rarely been in worse form heading into the clash against Stoke City on Boxing Day.

Man United were beaten 2-1 by Norwich City on Saturday, meaning they are now without a win in their last six games in all competitions.

Louis van Gaal has come under huge pressure at Old Trafford and there is a sense that it is only a matter of time before he is sacked. Former United midfielder Macari insisted that there were no positives to wake away from the game against Norwich.

“After just about every Manchester United game this season I’ve been able to end our MUTV show with a positive or two, something to cling on to,” he wrote in his Stoke Sentinel column.

“But thankfully I wasn’t asked to come up with a positive after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat by Norwich because I honestly couldn’t have thought of one. It’s got to the point where even my doctor is taking the mickey.

“I had an eye operation last week and asked him if it was ok to have the patch removed in time to see the game. He said of course it was, but added: ‘Don’t you want me to cover up the other eye so you don’t have to watch the game at all?’ I now wish I’d taken him up on that offer.

“Saturday was as poor as I’ve seen United play and it was no surprise to hear the boos ringing around Old Trafford at the end.”

Van Gaal giggs

It’s hard to disagree with Macari. United supporters have been looking for a glimmer of hope during this awful spell but there is nothing whatsoever to hold on to.

It appears as if the players have lost faith in van Gaal, whose restrictive style of play has frustrated supporters all season long. Unfortunately, results simply haven’t been good enough and van Gaal’s reign at the club may soon be coming to an end.

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