New Delhi: Seven matches without a win amidst the tricky festive fixture that started on Saturday as Manchester United find themselves lost in its period of transition.
The defeat to Stoke City at the Britannia under chilly and windy conditions didn’t help United who slipped further down the table with title contention now a distant reality.
The players at United look short of confidence and their intensity in matches are nowhere to be seen as the season progresses as manager Louis van Gaal surrounds himself with a lot of pressure.
United fell prey to their own blunders against Stoke after conceding two woeful goals with Memphis Depay and Ashley Young being the culprits on the field. That did little to help Louis van Gaal who also saw his side failing to convert from the chances they had created. This has become a regular story for United who lack precision and threat.
Somewhere the body language of the players look down and a sense of unity is lacking amongst the players. Gaal’s side are disjointed at the moment and the position the team finds itself is utter misery and darkness.
Two losses against promoted sides in the EPL were followed by this defeat to Stoke. United have looked ordinary at Old Trafford too after poor results keep culminating.
The players have failed to live up to the expectations and the new signings have looked impotent to compound a sad sight. United’s bad phase has been a culmination of poor managerial approach alongside the woeful form of players with Wayne Rooney leading the line.
The side has to pick themselves up and get going with a very busy fixtures list coming up. If United continue with their poor form, by end of January they might well lose grip of even a top half stay at the table.