Jamie Redknapp: Manchester United’s squad is afraid to play under Louis van Gaal

by Tanveer Arayan


Jamie Redknapp believes that Manchester United’s squad has become “scared” to play under the reign of Louis van Gaal.

Van Gaal’s side managed just one shot on target against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday as they were comprehensively beaten 3-0 at White Hart Lane.

The result cut them further adrift in the race to finish in the top four of the Premier League and Redknapp criticised van Gaal for creating an air of “paranoia” at Old Trafford.

“Manchester United looked so far off being a competitive side at White Hart Lane — Spurs were better in every department,” Redknapp wrote in his Daily Mail column.

“The trouble is it’s difficult to know what their biggest problem is. Are the players being suffocated by their manager or are they just not good enough? Too many of them look afraid to play.

Memphis Depay cost £25m so he must have something, he can’t be this bad. And Morgan Schneiderlin looks a shadow of the player I saw at Southampton.

“It can’t help if every time you make a mistake you look over and see your manager writing it down. That must create some paranoia. Whether Louis van Gaal stays or goes, this will have set alarms bells off because they were not good enough.”

United’s expensively assembled squad has a wealth of experienced, international players but you would never have guessed it this term given their troubles in front of goal.

Van Gaal seems to have suffocated his players with a rigid, laborious style of play which prioritises possession over any sort of creativity of flair. United have gone backwards under his leadership and the club must surely cut their ties with him in the summer.

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