Boos and whistles could be heard from all over Old Trafford's stands after another dismal performance from Manchester United.
Voices of dissatisfaction were first heard when defender Johny Evans decided to pass the ball back to goalkeeper David de Gea in the first half, even though he had a better choice. From that moment on, supporters didn't hesitate to show their disapproval every time a United player chose the easy way passing backward.
The old way
For a generation of United fans who once had chance to enjoy the thrilling football offered in the Ferguson era, Van Gaal's cautious approach is becoming more and more irritating. Not only less entertaining, that approach is also less effective.
United are using too many sideway and backward passes, while the ball movement is too slow. That makes them too predictable, and teams like Sunderland just have to sit deep with two lines of four to make their penalty box an un-penetrable area.
The 2-0 win over Sunderland followed an equally uninspiring 3-1 win over Burnley in United’s last home appearance, when Chris Smalling scored two of the goals. What the fans say? A win is not a win anymore if it is not in United's way!
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Van Gaal once admitted that he was surprised by the patience of United supporters. In Spain, Germany or the Netherlands, if his team played that bad people would boo him, show white handkerchiefs at him, or call for his head. In Manchester, they stood up and applauded.
The patience, however, is running out. Against Sunderland, the fans not only booed Evans and his teammates for passing backward, but also showed their disapproval at Van Gaal when he replaced Radamel Falcao right after the Colombian won a penalty for the team.