Manchester United go into the weekend’s Premier League clash at the King Power Stadium with an opportunity to go top.
Yet apparently there is a crisis at Old Trafford. A crisis of what? There aren’t too many injuries within the squad so it can’t be that? A crisis of confidence? Last weekend’s 2-1 win at Watford suggested that the team have a winning mentality right now.
Football fans clearly feel it’s their God-given right to moan and United supporters are supposedly fed up with Louis van Gaal’s defensive tactics. The Dutchman is facing accusations that his team play a dull brand of football, as could be seen from Wednesday’s 0-0 draw against PSV.
However, Manchester United are firmly in the title race and one of the few teams not to have lost a Premier League match at home this season. That recent win at Watford illustrated that they can get the job done on the road too – even without key players such as Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick.
Once again, fans fall into the trap of wanting something that is a contradiction (unless you’re Leicester City or Barcelona right now). They want to see attacking free-flowing football but also plenty of victories.
Van Gaal was clearly scarred by that 3-0 reverse at the Emirates earlier this season where Arsenal came flying out of the traps to score three times against his shell-shocked team.
So the response is to shut up shop. After all, if you don’t concede, then you can’t lose. If you don’t lose, then a draw or a win are the only outcomes. And with the attacking weaponry at LVG’s disposal, then the wins follow irrespective of the performance.