Former Manchester United defender John O’Shea believes the club have failed to retain their aura and keep standards high.
Louis van Gaal‘s side lost 2-1 to Sunderland at the Stadium of light over the weekend and haven’t been able to close the gap on the teams above them in the league.
Wahbi Khazri’s first-half strike and David De Gea‘s late own goal awarded Sam Allardyce’s team the full three points and the worst thing for fans is that it wasn’t too much of a surprise.
O’Shea admitted the team is very different from his time with Man United and that certainly reflects how fans feel at the moment.
He said: “You will see with managers, they want to bring in young players when the team is doing well. But United’s hand has been forced because of the injuries they’ve had.
“Because of the season they are having and the amount of injuries they have got, it is difficult for them [to retain their aura].”
I’d love to be able to disagree with O’Shea but I can’t. We’re simply a different United altogether to the one he left behind when he moved to Sunderland and it’s really worrying to watch.
We’re not so far removed from our own identity that it can’t be resolved over the next few years but I don’t feel that can happen under van Gaal and I’m not sure the players do either. They were so poor against Sunderland, which was strange to see given they played so well at Stamford Bridge the week before.
Whatever happens next for United, we simply have to make sure that we correctly replace van Gaal because if we don’t, there’s every chance we will follow Liverpool’s fall from grace.