Manchester United fans have reacted with shock following Louis van Gaal’s assertion that his side’s injury problems have been to blame for their poor form this season.
Man United suffered an injury crisis around the Christmas period earlier this term, with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Antonio Valencia, Luke Shaw and Bastian Schweinsteiger all sidelined for extended periods of time.
And during that spell, United suffered demoralising defeats against teams such as Norwich City, Bournemouth and Stoke City. However, van Gaal insisted his side are one of the best teams in the Premier League when they are injury-free, a comment fans ridiculed:
LVG to MUTV on current good form: "At moment we have two players injured. When we only had one injured, we were top. No-one remembers that."
— Simon Stone (@sistoney67) May 2, 2016
@sistoney67 that's known as delusion Simon
— Busby Boy (@Creje7) May 2, 2016
@sistoney67 wow ffs the fella has lost it!
— Scott Wallis (@IScottyW) May 2, 2016
@sistoney67 the man tries to twist situations to make them believable. Its failure. All of this is failure.
— Ryan Brook (@pizey18) May 2, 2016
It’s hard to disagree with the supporters as van Gaal’s negative style of play contributed to a complete breakdown in confidence among the players earlier on in the season.
The Dutchman seems to prioritise possession above all else at Old Trafford, often at the cost of attacking verve and invention. As a result, United are barely clinging on in the race to finish in the top four, although they do have an FA Cup final to look forward to.
Van Gaal often shifts the blame elsewhere but sooner or later he is going to have to accept that his decisions have contributed to a lacklustre campaign at United.