After watching Manchester United suffer an embarrassing and disgraceful 4-0 loss to Milton Keynes Dons, I am left with no choice but to question the intelligence of manager Louis Van Gaal. Since taking the reigns at Old Trafford, the Dutchman has repeatedly asked supporters for time to inject his philosophy into the club. Well, it’s time to wake up.
This game was the perfect opportunity to get the ball rolling. With only one point in two league matches, Van Gaal should have been happy to face such meager opposition. I have no doubt that David Moyes would have won such a match.
Van Gaal left his best players out, he must have had the mighty Burnley in mind. Is this how low the Red Devils have fallen? To treat Burnley with such respect is an indication of just that.
Some may argue that the manager did not want to waste time with the Capital One Cup, but their schedule isn’t as tough. They won’t be playing Champions League football this season, and I don’t see them going very far in the FA Cup. Why not try to win? Is he so fearful of the Europa League? All he would have to do is couple it with a top-four league finish. Maybe he knows it’s not possible.
Fielding a weak side can be forgiven and understood, but losing 4-0 to a third tier outfit? Utterly ridiculous. Van Gaal owes the supporters a lengthy apology and a few bits of silverware. He had no business losing this game and now he has an uphill battle to fight, and he needs the fans behind him. If he loses their support too early, he might not last till Christmas.