Friday 19 February 2016

Shambolic and shameful... a miserable night in Midtjylland for United

Freezing cold on a Thursday night
£71 and we're playing  s***e
What a feeling, what a night 

A (not so) subtle tweaking of the ode to Ole to aptly reflect the bleak mood of United supporters as our team slumped to another desperate defeat on Thursday. 

United's fans applauded the Danish side at the final whistle and their superb support dulled the pain of what was an otherwise all too familiarly depressing night. 

Those whom watched the Reds risible defeat to Midtjylland might have thought it was the visitors who hadn't played in two months. 

Thumped 9-1 by Napoli in the tournament's group stages, the Danish champions had won one of their last ten and, irrespective of the Reds 15 injuries, their superiority is as such that the Under 21's should be beating the Midtjylland minnows.

The first team might have had Warren Joyce been in charge - the manager doesn't look bothered, neither do the players and as for Ryan Giggs, goodness knows what he must be thinking. 

Van Gaal's impressive knack for excuses continued when he blamed David De Gea's injury as the main factor for the defeat but, ironically it was stand-in Sergio Romero whom was United's best player by a distance.

Confusion and chaos has engulfed United from board room to pitch level. 

Risk-  such as not signing a senior centre-back or striker - have backfired and Van Gaal went into this season with an inadequate, lightweight 23-man squad.
He has been in international mode for much of his tenure and his three-year break from club management has proved increasingly patent.

 United remain in a strong position in this tie with a 2-1 deficit and an away goal, but the defeat did nothing to help Van Gaal argue that he should still be in charge next season. 

Across the Channel on Tuesday night, Paris St-Germain, restricted by FFP in 2014, brought on a £55m striker to win their Champions League tie against Chelsea.
United's striking alternative in Herning was Will Keane, a 23-year-old with two senior appearances for the club. 

Van Gaal continues to defy expectations at United, whether it is the increasingly abject nature of the performances he oversees or his incredible ability to avoid the sack.

He speaks little sense, has delusions of grandeur, has lost the backing of the fans and, seemingly now, his players. 

It's not only Van Gaal fighting for his future, these players are, too.

This United side will forever be associated with a dismal managerial regime and Van Gaal's successor- whoever he may be- will have a shopping list far longer than he would have imagined. 

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