Dwight Yorke: It’s painful watching Manchester United

by Tanveer Arayan

Dwight Yorke believes Manchester United’s lack of leadership and togetherness have contributed towards creating a style of football which is painful to watch.

Man United suffered a fourth consecutive defeat in the 2-0 loss against Stoke City but very few fans were actually surprised at the result given how poorly the team is currently playing.

Louis van Gaal is now on the verge of being sacked and speaking about Man United’s performance at the Britannia Stadium, Yorke questioned whether he is the right man to be in charge any more.

“It’s painful watching,” he said.

“They are lacking in confidence, and have no spark whatsoever.

“I have to say, Louis van Gaal was the right man early on, but in the past three weeks results gone against him.

“Look where they are, they find themselves down in sixth, out of the Champions League, and the side has lost to Bournemouth, Norwich and Stoke — the worst run under Louis van Gaal.

“It’s now you look through the team for leadership, fight, that the players have togetherness, and all those things are missing in the ranks.”

Painful is an apt way to explain what it is like to watch United at the moment. It’s so rigid, turgid and unimaginative that you’d honestly get more entertainment from watching a Michael Owen commentary compilation.

Yorke also criticised van Gaal’s decision to leave Wayne Rooney on the bench. He added: “The timing on Wayne Rooney was wrong. He has had opportunities to leave Wazza out but not done it.

“To leave your captain out in a game like this is a big call. He’s a manger with a lot of experience, but it went against him. That was the wrong move from Van Gaal.

“Leaving out your captain and talisman, although his performances not been the greatest, I just felt went against him and he got it wrong again.”

We’ve all been patient with van Gaal, his philosophy and working through the ‘process’ towards the ultimate goal of winning the Premier League. However, that patience has expired with the repetition of poor performances and the same mistakes.

Even a win against Chelsea won’t solve the underlying problems because they are now much deeper than with just the poor results and I honestly can’t see a way out of this other than van Gaal being replaced.

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