Paul Scholes believes Manchester United need to rediscover their confidence following the 0-0 draw against Chelsea on Monday.
Man United were much better than they have been in recent weeks against the London club but the result meant they have now gone eight games without a win in all competitions.
Scholes, who has generally been a vocal critic of United this term, defended the team but insisted that the decision to switch Anthony Martial’s position during the clash was a mistake.
“I think there’s a lot of quality in the team, they have let a lot of goals go out of the team with people like [Javier] Hernandez and Robin van Persie,” Scholes said.
“The quality is there, they need to get that confidence back, I think the confidence was there today, the only thing they were missing today was the goal, I thought the performance was very good.
“My only complaint today was when they moved Martial over to the right side. I didn’t understand that, I thought he was giving [Branislav] Ivanovic a really tough time.
“As soon as he went over there it stemmed the flow. [Cesar] Azpilicueta is a much better defender than Ivanovic and he was given a really tough time.”
While United put in an improved performance against Chelsea, the fact remains that the eight game winless stretch is an unacceptable one at a club of their stature.
Louis van Gaal cannot have any complaints if he is let go in the coming days, although the display against Chelsea may earn him a stay of execution. It is a crucial decision and one that could shape United’s success in the future, particularly with Jose Mourinho reportedly ready and willing to take the reigns at Old Trafford.