Manchester United were knocked out of the UEFA Champions league after a heart-stopping final 10 minutes in group B, after losing 3-2 to Wolfsburg.
They were through, then out, then through again, and then out again. A whirlwind of emotions for football fans, especially Manchester United’s.
The Red Devils are now out of the league cup, Champions League and sit fourth in the Premier League. Here are 5 things Louis Van Gaal and his team need to do, to resurrect a slowly dying season.
5.) Keep Morgan Schneiderlin fit.
The Frenchman, who moved from Southampton in the summer, is an underrated asset for Manchester United. He’s defensive positioning is phenomenal, and he provides an engine that the Manchester United lacks with ageing players Schweinsteiger and Carrick.
4.) Use Fellaini as a target man, AS THE LAST OPTION.
Marouane Fellaini has his abilities and strengths. Unfortunately, passing, movement and technique aren’t them. In a side that should be aspiring to win the Premier League, you cannot start the Belgian in a 2-man midfield pivot.
Fellaini is a physical player, who will cause any opposition trouble in and around the box, so Van Gaal needs to avoid player him so deep.
3.) Keep Memphis and Lingard on the wings.
What comes to mind when you think of Manchester United wingers of the past years? Fast, easily beating players and skilful.
Juan Mata, is admittedly skilful, but not in the same regard as past United wingers – Di Maria, Ronaldo, Giggs.
The youngsters also boast a confidence that assists them in games, they show no fear running at players and taking them on. A vital component if Manchester United want to score goals.
2.) Play Juan Mata at number 10.
This points coincides with number three. Juan Mata has been forced out wide ever since arriving at Manchester United, mainly to accommodate Wayne Rooney. Things need to change, if United want to mount any sort of title challenge.
Mata’s assist last night against Wolfsburg proved how creative he can be in that hole. He can find the space in between defence and midfield, turn quickly and provide a killer pass to put a striker through-to-goal.
1.) Start Ander Hererra in a three-man midfield.
If Manchester United are lacking attacking intent, creativity, and forward passing, there is only one man to play. The Spaniard has proved his capability in the Premier League and showed he can provide goals and assists for the Manchester side.
United played incredibly better when Hererra is in the side. Van Gaal may have noticed this, as be began to play him in recent games, but luck wasn’t on Hererra’s side as he picked up a hamstring injury against Watford.