Alan Shearer has claimed that he wasn’t surprised to see Bournemouth beat Manchester United last weekend.
Man United were beaten 2-1 by the Cherries at Dean Court thanks to goals from Junior Stanislas and Joshua King.
It was a result which ramped up the pressure on Louis van Gaal following defeat against Wolfsburg last week which led to United’s early Champions League exit. Shearer believes United have lost their identity under the Dutchman.
“I wasn’t actually surprised as it may have been Manchester United football club but it wasn’t a ‘Manchester United team’,” Shearer said.
“They were never going to get a better chance of beating United and that’s how it turned out and nobody can say Bournemouth did not deserve it. There was no leadership or organisation from Manchester United. From every set-piece, Bournemouth looked like they were going to score and perhaps should have scored more than they did!”
For the first real time since he took charge, van Gaal’s position at the club is under threat.
Questions are being asked of the veteran boss and it is unclear whether he will remain in the job past next summer. United have made it clear that they expect van Gaal to challenge for the Premier League title and they may have to make a difficult decision if the team fails to produce one.