Jamie Jackson says the players have tried their utmost to adapt and understand van Gaal’s philosophy but he is now losing authority over the squad with every poor result.
I’d be more surprised if the players weren’t bemused. No goals in the first half of 10 of our last 11 home games? The lowest goals per game ratio (1.22) in Premier League history? Our lowest points tally after 23 games in the Premier League? It would be far more worrying if the players were fine with that.
What their bemusement would show is how much of a tightrope van Gaal is walking. He’s lost the support from hordes of United fans and if the players aren’t responding to his training techniques, philosophy and process, then he’s swimming upstream in a losing battle.
We’re all a bit bemused at how bad it has got at United this season because we all rightly expected an improvement on last year’s result which saw us finish fourth. Yet, we’re five points off fourth place and are struggling to beat anybody.
It’s one thing losing the fans but losing the dressing room would be the last nail in van Gaal’s coffin, and one that would surely force him to immediately call it a day.