Paolo Di Canio: Manchester United are on the decline

by Tanveer Arayan

Former West Ham United forward Paolo Di Canio believes Manchester United are on the decline under Louis van Gaal.

Man United drew 0-0 against Chelsea on Monday, meaning they have now gone eight games without a win in all competitions.

Van Gaal has come under immense pressure as a result and there have been numerous calls for the Dutchman to be sacked. Di Canio criticised United along with Wayne Rooney.

“Van Gaal’s United have never been easy on the eye,” Di Canio said.

“They play at a low tempo and keep possession – technical football. At a certain point, with Bastian Schweinsteiger they had found a minimum of balance. Now they are in a tunnel and are weighed down by all the money they have spent in the last 18 months.

“United have lost their English spirit and have not found a more international dimension.

“And then there is Rooney. He also looks like he is on the decline. He has lost the energy that made him great.”

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It is hard to disagree with Di Canio – there have been next to no positives to take away from United’s games as of late save for the improved display against Chelsea.

Van Gaal did a good job of steadying the ship following the disastrous reign of David Moyes but there is a sense that United are now stagnating under the veteran boss. With the likes of Jose Mourinho reportedly ready and willing to take the reigns at Old Trafford, time may be running out for van Gaal. Anything less than three points against Swansea City next time out may well signal the end of his tenure.

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