Manchester United Football Club slumped to an immensely poor 1-0 loss at home to bottom side West Bromwich Albion on Sunday.
There have been some awful results this term, but this game was certainly amongst them. The Red Devils just couldn’t get anything going in an attacking sense, and the chances just weren’t being carved out for Romelu Lukaku and company.
Former Red Nemanja Vidic has had his say on the situation and the Serbian Warrior is putting it down to a lack of energy. He wants to see United playing with a quicker tempo rather than slowing things down.
“Today they didn’t show what we expected, the energy going forward, that burst or sprint. It was too slow, which was disappointing,” Vidic said, per Sky Sports.
“That is my worry, I’d like to see United playing faster, quicker with the ball. It’s too many touches, that’s the problem, especially against smaller teams.
“They have a good team, good players, but sometimes I think the players have to show desire, show energy, run more than other teams.
“They didn’t move well without the ball, they didn’t move fast. The players didn’t perform the way they wanted.
“It’s sad to see Man United lose at home to West Brom, a team who have won just three games all season.”
What’s interesting to me is that Vidic reckons United have the players in place. On paper, that’s certainly the case. Paul Pogba is world-class, as is Alexis Sanchez. For whatever reason, they’re not playing anywhere near their capabilities.
It comes as no surprise to me that our best performers this season have been defensive-minded ones. I think immediately of Nemanja Matic and Ashley Young. Those are the guys that thrive under Mourinho, whereas the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford are struggling.
Vidic is just a fan like us, and trust me, watching that would have hurt him. Hopefully, Mourinho takes note and we see some more attacking football from now until the season’s end. Heck, we have absolutely nothing to lose.