Football

Have Manchester United lost their fear factor?

West Brom recently defeated the champions at the Theatre of Dreams (©GettyImages)
West Brom recently defeated the champions at the Theatre of Dreams (©GettyImages).

Throughout the years teams have trembled with fear when stepping out onto the famous turf and coming up against the somewhat unachievable task of leaving Old Trafford with a positive result.

Roy Keane famously stated that whenever his side stood shoulder to shoulder against opposition in the tunnel at the Theatre of Dreams, he could sense their fear and knew that they were beaten before they had even set foot on to the pitch.

Players such as Eric Cantona, Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes, Ruud van Nistelrooy and Cristiano Ronaldo terrorised defences with their speed, skill and predator instincts in the final third.

However, with the current era of Red Devils under the new management of David Moyes struggling to set the new season alight, have they lost their edge?

The Premier League champions have only won three of their home games so far this season; drawing with Chelsea and Southampton, and losing in a shock 2-1 deficit to West Brom in the others.

The clash with Steve Clark’s West Brom was a perfect example of how teams now arrive at Old Trafford with the ambition to attack and state their pledge to win the game.

When asked for his view on the subject, Manchester United and Portuguese winger, Nani told the Daily Star: “It looks like teams are more confident when they come to play against us. But I’m sure we will change that because, at the moment, we are playing without all our confidence.

"I think once results start coming, we will show who the real Manchester United are and we will do much better”.

Nani is one of many within Moyes’ ranks who have failed to reach the standards expected of them so far this season.

During his four appearances this campaign, he is yet to get his name on the scoresheet or provide an assist, but he believes that his form will improve and the squad will push on from the crucial victory against Arsenal last week.

“The manager has been fantastic with me," the 27-year-old added. "He has been giving me advice and trying to give me confidence.

"The coaches are trying to get my confidence higher to show all the qualities I have got. They are trying to get me back to my best level.”


Write for GiveMeSport! Sign-up to the GMS Writing Academy here: http://gms.to/1a2u3KU

DISCLAIMER: This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Topics:
Football
Premier League
Manchester United
Nani
Luis Nani

Article Comments

Trending

Read more

;