Manchester United scrape a 1-0 win against League 1 opposition, Sheffield United, thanks to an injury time penalty.
It was a game we were expected to win, although nothing can be taken for granted in the FA Cup, however Manchester United’s style and tactics made it a much harder task than it needed to be.
The first half ended just as ever other half has this season, possession, cross which no one meets and few chances with no shots at goal.
If someone dared to do something special it may have come from Martial, however even he is wasted out on the left.
The second half wasn’t any better and when Memphis came on with the audacity to shot from distance the United fans responded with ironic cheers.
When the Dutchman went down inside the box to win a penalty in the 93rd min we knew a goal would only paper over the cracks. Rooney scored from the spot kick and United went on to win but this wasn’t a game which was supposed to be just about getting a win.
How Low Have Man United Sunk?
The biggest criticism of Louis van Gaal and his style is….well there is no style to it, it’s boring, slow and even League 1 teams can defend against it.
We required a penalty to win because Sheffield United found it ridiculously easy to defend against a team which are supposed to be challenge for the Premier League.
Louis van Gaal, Rooney, Fellaini and many others have said “it was just about getting the win”, no it wasn’t, this is a team who have been told by fans to play more exciting football. If they can create chances or have shots a goal against Sheffield United how are they supposed to do it next season when we are expected to challenge for the league?
If the Man United board decide to stick with Louis van Gaal he will have to get busy in the January transfer market because the team desperately needs a striker and right winger.