Ander Herrera has immediately started to look towards Thursday’s Europa League clash against Liverpool after a ‘tough day’ at West Bromwich Albion.
Manchester United’s faint sense of fight against West Brom died when Herrera was replaced by Morgan Schneiderlin in the second half and it came as no surprise we fell to a 1-0 defeat without so much of a whimper.
With the potential to go level with Man City and only two points behind Arsenal, it was the opposite sort of performance fans expected to see from United’s players.
These sorts of messages from players are starting to fall on deaf ears among the fans. Too many times this season we’ve heard battle cries and an insistence that the team must turn it around in the next game, only for the same mistakes to be repeated.
Why is it that we can turn up against the likes of Arsenal or Liverpool but play so poorly when we face teams like Watford or West Brom? It’s almost as if the players simply can’t get themselves up for these sorts of games and that would point towards Louis van Gaal as it’s his job to make sure they are pumped for every game.
Thursday night’s game against Liverpool was always going to be a nervous affair but after our shambles at the Hawthorns, fans will now be seriously worried about our trip to Anfield.