Louis Van Gaal has claimed United have lost their fear factor and they need to find it tonight against Shrewsbury in the FA Cup to get back to winning ways.
In fact Van Gaal’s team never had the fear factor, nor had David Moyes’s Manchester United.
The day Sir Alex Ferguson walked out the door for the last time he took the Manchester United we have grown up to know with him. Along with the fear factor, Ferguson also took the hairdryer.
The players no longer play for the manager in the way they used to play in fear of Ferguson. If you crossed the line with Ferguson there was only one winner, as Jaap Stam, David Beckham and even club captain Roy Keane found out to their cost. These players are not playing for Manchester United in the way past players used to, and they certainly are not playing for their manager.
The media state Van Gaal will lose his job if he loses to Shrewsbury tonight. The fact that this is even a question of if United lose, and the fact that people doubt that Manchester United can beat a team near the bottom of League One is absurd.
Where is the Manchester United of old? How can things have declined so badly so quickly? United fans used to gloat over their rivals and neighbours Liverpool over their long title drought. There is a real fear among United fans that they are on the road to our own title drought, with the Europa League their only saviour this season to try and claim that vital Champions League spot.
Van Gaal claims it would be nice to win the Europa League as United have never won it. Fact is, United rarely took part in the competition as Ferguson had United a permanent fixture in the elite competition, the Champions League.
Manchester United need a new manager, Mourinho or whoever comes in needs to buy leaders. Wayne Rooney and Michael Carrick are the only two leaders at the club. Both signed by Ferguson. The club have lost Evra, Vidic, Ferdinand and Van Persie since the departure of Ferguson.
All key players with a wealth of experience. Wayne Rooney gets a lot of criticism, yet he is carrying a very poor team.
No team fears Manchester United anymore. Under Moyes the Red Devils succumbed to three successive defeats for the first time since the 2001/02 season. United finished the 2013/14 campaign with their lowest ever Premier League points tally.
Old Trafford used to be a graveyard for the visiting teams during Ferguson’s reign. It hasn’t been the same since the Scotsman left – during Moyes’ ten-month regime they registered first home defeats at the hands of Newcastle United since 1972, against West Bromwich Albion since 1978, against Stoke City since 1984, and against Everton since 1992.
Under Van Gaal, United’s 3 – 0 loss to Arsenal was the first time when they conceded three goals in the first 20 minutes of a match. This season they went out of the Champions League at the group stage for the first time since the 2011/12 season when they finished third behind Benfica and FC Basel.
On Boxing day 2015, for the first time since 1961, Manchester United lost four league games in a row. The 20-time English champions have won a record 18 out of 22 league matches on December 26 since the start of the Premier League era.
The list of records broken under both Moyes and Van Gaal is endless. Manchester United need to appoint a new manager regardless of whether Van Gaal leads them to a cup final this year or if somehow he gets the club in the Champions league next season.
As for his claim that he needs to get the fear factor back into Manchester United, Louis you never had it.