MANCHESTER, Sporting Alert – Manchester United players are reportedly baffled by some of the decision making by Louis van Gaal during the Champions League defeat at Wolfsburg.
The Red Devils have been poor in Europe this season and it was proven in midweek after they were dumped from the Champions League in the group stage by Wolfsburg, which came from behind to beat the EPL side 3-2 on Tuesday.
It is now being reported by The Times that several players have voiced their disappointment with the decision of Van Gaal to substitute Juan Mata and inserted Nick Powell in the second half.
The report claims there is now growing unrest inside the dressing room, with the players reportedly left “bemused” by the Dutchman’s decision to remove the team’s only true playmaker at a time when the EPL side needed more creativity.
Overall, Manchester United were very poor in the game, especially defensively where the likes of Chris Smalling and Daley Blind were found wanting against a Wolfsburg side that could have scored as many as six goals if it wasn’t for poor finishing and some fantastic goalkeeping by David de Gea.
The team’s early exit from the Champions League cost Manchester United a reported €38.5 million in potential prize money, which doesn’t rest well with the club’s owners who have invested well over £200 million in transfer fees on new players, requested by the manager himself.
Meanwhile, according to the Daily Express, Van Gaal could be sacked if Manchester United fail to finish in the top three at the end of the season.
The club believes they have given the Dutchman more than enough resources to will the EPL this season and will not accept just a top four spot. The team must finish inside the top three.
The Times is reporting, though, that Van Gaal still has the backing of the club’s top officials, but they want to see changes soon, especially with the way the team is playing.