Manchester United drew 0-0 with West Ham on Saturday. It didn’t come as a big surprise to the 70,000 fans in the stadium when you consider this scoreline has become a fairly common one for the Red Devils this season.
When Louis van Gaal was appointed in place of David Moyes, the Dutchman had steered the Netherlands to third place in the 2014 World Cup. His stock was high and the eye-catching arrivals of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao suggested an expansive brand of football being played.
However, both players flopped and Robin van Persie decided to call it a day too. Last season, LVG was defensive although this season, he has taken things to new extremes in a bid not to concede goals.
A newly-promoted team to the Premier League could be forgiven for taking a defensive approach. Similarly, Sam Allardyce and Tony Pulis adopt the sort of tactics that can often make it hard for opposition teams to score.
However, Van Gaal has pretty much been given an empty cheque book to sign players since he arrived as United manager. He’s spent a wedge on Memphis Depay and Anthony Martial, both of whom have only made a limited impact since arriving.
In fairness to the Dutchman, he’s had to flog the dead horse that is Wayne Rooney, a player who will be in the team for seemingly as long as he wants.
But while United remain near the top of the Premier League, the supporters are getting restless with the style of football on show.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s teams didn’t necessarily have the most attractive way of playing the game, but they generally scored goals and served it up to the opposition.
Considering United have more resources at their disposal than 80% of the other clubs in the division, why are they so bloody boring?