Manchester United’s recent form can be roughly surmised by the following statement written by the BBC’s chief football writer.
“Manchester United’s improved performance in the goalless draw with Chelsea gave embattled manager Louis Van Gaal breathing space.”
When an improved performance leads to a 0-0 draw, it becomes clear just how poor they have been this season. Or to view it even more unfavourably, United seemed pleased with a result in which they did not score against a team three points above the relegation zone.
The Red devils are yet to win in 8 games in all competitions which is their worse run since 1990. Therefore any suggestion that Van Gaal might have saved his position based on Monday nights result is ludicrous.
Unfortunately in modern football, most owners are quick to dispense with their managers services at the slightest hint of mid-season turbulence. But to United’s credit they have not rushed to do so. Possibly keen to avoid long term instability caused by changing the management and back room staff with reckless abandon. Similar to their old north-west rivals Liverpool.
However, with some United fans dreading to attend home games at Old Trafford due to the likely pathetic display they will witness and the increasingly Mourinho sized shadow looming large over the Dutchman, it seems that change is inevitable.
That said with the unpredictability attached to the current season, do not be surprised if United stick with Van Gaal and they end up winning the Premier league. Aston Villa might even stay up too! It would seem prudent to suggest that both scenarios border on the impossible.