If Manchester United’s 2-1 defeat to Midjytlland wasn’t embarrassing enough for Louis van Gaal, the Danish club are now rubbing salt into his wounds.
Midfielder Kristoffer Olsson has criticised Van Gaal’s squad by admitting there are no leaders in the United dressing room and they play in a negative fashion.
Nearly all United fans would agree with Olsson’s assessment, but for an opposing player to publicly slam the Red Devils is a new low for the storied club.
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Olsson, a former Arsenal trainee, was quoted by the Mirror as saying: “They play a little slow. It’s hard to have an opinion when it’s the first time I play against them, I don’t know how they usually are, but I felt that they didn’t have any real leader.
“There was a lot of negativity, but I don’t know if it was more than usual. We knew that they were feeling low and took advantage of that.”
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United entered the game deflated after losing 2-1 to relegation-threatened Sunderland last weekend, but that didn’t prevent them from taking the lead through Memphis Depay.
From there, it was presumed that United would kick on and establish a comfortable lead ahead of the return leg at Old Trafford.
But goals from Midtjylland’s Pione Sisto and Paul Onuachu ensured it would be a night to forget for Van Gaal.
The Dutchman initially blamed the defeat on bad luck after David de Gea suffered a knee injury in the warm-up. He was quoted by the Mirror as telling BT Sport: “It is the law of Murphy, I think!
“When you start a game and your goalkeeper is number 14 [on the injury table] then you are not starting like usual.
“A lot of things are happening in the heads of the players. The first goal is deflected, it is unbelievable, it is too much.”
However, after some consideration, the 64-year-old conceded that his team simply weren’t good enough.
“In the second half we don’t win any duels,” he added. “Any second balls. Then you cannot afford a second goal. Jesse Lingard had two remarkable chances.
“In certain phases we were not very well organised.”
That much was obvious. Memphis’ away goal was the only positive to take from the night.
Following in legendary footsteps
The defeat led to more demands for United to sack Van Gaal and it now seems to be a matter of when he will be shown the door, not if.
The Red Devils have failed to exit Sir Alex Ferguson’s shadow after the legendary manager left the club three years ago. David Moyes and Van Gaal have both tried to continue Ferguson’s success but neither have brought a trophy to Old Trafford, unless you want to count the 2013 Community Shield (which you shouldn’t).
You know things have reached the point of no return when you’re being heavily criticised by a 20-year-old Midtjylland player.