Man United took a hold of proceedings in the first half by going ahead through Memphis Depay‘s strike, only to concede just before half-time.
Fears of a second half regression in light of Midtjylland’s goal were quickly confirmed as van Gaal’s side fell apart in Denmark, with Paul Onuachu grabbing the winner. Speaking after the game, van Gaal lamented his side’s second half ineptitude.
“In the second half we don’t win any duels. Any second balls,” he said.
“Then you cannot afford a second goal. Jesse Lingard had two remarkable chances. In certain phases we were not very well organised.”
United’s lack of conviction in the second half was indicative of a side desperately lacking in confidence and panache. They were, against a beatable Midtjylland side, unable to make their quality count.
And that stems from a simple lack of collective belief amongst these United players; nobody in that squad appears to believe in the system they are forced to play under, and, more worryingly, they consequently don’t look as if they believe in themselves. Dark times lie ahead for a group of players who seem lobotomised by the Dutchman’s cruel, uninspiring system.