Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has defended Manchester United after they were criticised following the 2-1 defeat to Swansea City last weekend.
Man United actually produced one of their better performances during the loss but their momentum fell away after Jonjo Shelvey netted what would be the Swans winner and they never looked like rescuing a point.
A number of fans are concerned about United’s recent performances and that the club won’t qualify for the Champions League this season.
However, Poyet dismissed this criticism said United’s detractors are being unnecessarily harsh.
Speaking about United, Poyet said: “I think people are being a little bit harsh on Man United at the moment.
“They are not as bad as people think because they are in a good position and if they get into the top four there’s a few that are going to have to recognise that they’ve done better than what people expected.”
West Ham United boss Sam Allardyce also knocked United earlier this month, saying they employed negative long-ball tactics.
This prompted van Gaal to produce a bizarre pamphlet as a result which contained a number of statistics in the team’s defence. The Dutchman was clearly riled by criticism of United’s playing style and points to United’s solid defensive record as vindication of his decisions.
That being said, it is true that United must play much better if they are to finish in the top four of the Premier League this season. With Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal all looking much better this season, United’s position is precarious.