Shrewsbury Town midfielder Ian Black has stirred the pot by saying Manchester United players have not justified their wages withir the abysmal performances on the pitch.
Louis van Gaal‘s side have only won nine of their last 27 games across all competitions and have come under heavy criticism from fans and the press alike.
League One side Shrewsbury host Man United in Monday’s FA Cup fifth-round fixture and is the first time both teams have met in a competitive game but instead of being overawed, Black believes United’s players haven’t been able to perform and should share the blame.
“Wayne Rooney has come out and said blame the players which is totally right and I totally agree,” he said.
“They are getting paid X amount of money to perform to the level they should be at that size of club and they have not done it.
“They have been poor but people write them off and you can never write them off.
“They have been unfortunate with the way they play.”
Black is absolutely spot on because to say we’ve been poor this season is an understatement. The players haven’t been good enough at all and as much as van Gaal is to blame for that, its down to the players to perform on the pitch.
With all due respect to Shrewsbury, we should be cruising past them by three or more goals. After all, they are in League One’s relegation zone and lost 7-1 to Chesterfield, who are 19th in the league, less than two months ago.
Yet, no fan thinks that is going to happen. We’re all heading into the game simply hoping for a win, even a scrappy 1-0, because that’s how poor our form has been.
All I’m hoping for tonight is that United can get through to the quarter-final by edging past Shrewsbury but recent results have taught us all that no win is guaranteed this season.