Louis van Gaal has claimed that Manchester United’s players were left angry over their failure to win a single game in their past eight fixtures, the club’s worst run in 26 years, and that drove them to victory against Swansea.
Goals from Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial helped Man United secure three points and put an end to their winless streak but it was a far from dominant performance which required a late goal from Rooney to secure the win.
Speaking after the game, van Gaal made it clear he hoped the performances would improve against Sheffield United and Newcastle.
“I shall think that now the pressure is lowering, the performance shall be better every week,” he said.
“But that is also dependent on whether or not we score goals. We always create chances.
“They (the players) are very angry that we lost so many games in a row. They are not used to that.
“I’m not used to that, losing four matches in a row. Never, and I have been in this profession for 25 years. So it’s unusual and they are angry also and want to change the situation.”
It’s about time the players got angry and gave a reaction. I expected it to happen after the Wolfsburg loss in the game with Bournemouth, it didn’t happen; I then expected a response after the Bournemouth game against Norwich, it didn’t happen; I then expected a response after the Norwich game against Stoke, it didn’t happen. Better late than never I suppose.
Everybody should be angry. The fans, van Gaal and the players at themselves because we’ve simply not been good enough this season. That can be forgotten about by stringing a set of wins together and that needs to continue against Sheffield United at the weekend.
If we slip to another loss and get knocked out of the FA Cup, the anger will boil over once again from the fans.