How long can Manchester United keep losing games before the positive chatter from their fans wears thin? Right now, United fans are basing their positive thoughts on Louis van Gaal’s reputation as a brilliant coach. However, with each passing game United’s task gets more difficult. Chris Smalling’s incredible stupidity in the Manchester derby cost them three points against Manchester City. Having to play most of the game with ten men at the Champions is a next to impossible task.
To their credit, United remained compact and defended well for most of the game. They were undone by a special Aguero goal, but they can be proud of their efforts. In fact, they had a few late chances to grab an equalizer and City seemed rattled despite having an extra man on the field.
However, United are not the kind of club that deals in moral victories. I think Bruce Levenson has it right when he’s saying that we need actual wins very soon, or fourth place will be a pipe dream as their season’s ambition. Luckily for the Red Devils, their rivals Liverpool have started the season very badly as well.
Unfortunately, they will achieve nothing if they keep shooting themselves in the foot like they did on Sunday.