Manchester – Louis van Gaal has come under serious pressure recently for Manchester United poor results, but several football experts and former players doesn’t think it’s all the manager’s fault.
The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager has been failing at Manchester United this season, but let’s be honest — there are several players who have not been pulling their weight.
In fact, the Daily Mirror has selected five players it believes have not contributed like they were supposed and it has helped to drag down the English Premier League side. We took a look at three of them since they got more opportunities to play more games than the others.
At the top of that list is leading striker and club captain Wayne Rooney.
Wayne Rooney – forward
The England international has failed to produce this season with his form dipping significantly below what is expected of him.
Rooney was backed to lead the attacking line this season by Van Gaal, but the 30-year-old has just two goals in 13 Premier League outings.
He marked his 500th appearance for Manchester United with another substandard performance in the shocking 2-1 defeat at home against Norwich at the weekend.
Memphis Depay – forward/winger
He cost the club £25million from PSV Eindhoven in the summer transfer window, but has yet to live up to that standard.
The Dutchman made a fair start to new life at Old Trafford, but it didn’t last long and he fell out of form and out of the starting lineup.
Van Gaal has tried to stay loyal to the youngster, who is clearly short on confidence, but his productions were well short of what is expected from a Manchester United player as he struggles to influence enough games.
Bastian Schweinsteiger – midfielder
The World Cup winner has been heavily criticized for his failure to be an influence in the Manchester United midfield.
The German international was “hand picked” by Van Gaal to set the tone in the middle of the park the same way he had done for Bayern Munich and the national team in the past, but he is nowhere close to where he should be, while his distance covered in games seem to be dropping off more-and-more.
Schweinsteiger, who is currently serving a three-match ban for violent conduct, made the move from German champions Bayern Munich in the summer window.