Paul Scholes has called into question the mentality of Manchester United and is worried that expectations have fallen too far.
United fans and players understandably celebrated Robin van Persie’s late equaliser against Chelsea for a 1-1 draw and after being dominated by City in the derby for years, actually being the better team overall, despite playing with ten men for over half of it, could have ended a lot worse than 1-0.
However, Scholes sees it differently and doesn’t want United’s expectations to slip too far.
“There have been many different interpretations of the derby game,” Scholes explained in his new column for the Evening Standard.
“I saw it this way. City should have had three penalties. David De Gea made some fantastic saves, Smalling got sent off, and United lost.
“It concerns me that expectation levels have slipped so far that many supporters I know felt relieved at snatching a late draw with Chelsea and losing narrowly to City. The scoreline against City might have been more respectable than last season but the performance in the first hour of the game was very poor indeed.
“This is Manchester United. It is not simply good enough to play well for 20 minutes and lose.”
There’s a big difference in expectations slipping and accepting the reality.
Right now, United are not competitive enough to challenge for the Premier League. When Scholes played, that never happened, yet one season under David Moyes forced United into another year of transition this time around.
Results haven’t quite gone United’s way but under the stewardship of Van Gaal there won’t be any loss of expectation. He’s well aware of where United should be in the table and has got the backing of both the fans and club to get them back there.