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Things are bleak at Old Trafford but was Scholesy a bit too harsh? Stats don’t lie for LVG

Struggling to score, but United are still in the FA Cup. Should Scholes have held his tongue?

by David Kent | January 10, 2016

How did you spend your Saturday evening? Dancing the night away? Crying over an ex-lover? Pulling out your own teeth?

You still had more entertainment than everyone in Old Trafford, and all the people that tuned in to watch the cure for insomnia Man United stumble to another drab victory. It led to what we know nowadays as ‘Emirates-itis’ with thousands and thousands of fans leaving the game early.

They would have missed Wayne Rooney’s 94th minute penalty, but in all honesty, they probably wouldn’t have cared. Ironic cheers rung around the stadium when the final whistle went. Never has there been such contempt and almost disappointment at a win. Although we know why it’s called the Theatre of Dreams now – it sends most people to sleep.

The victory meant Louis Van Gaal still has a job for another week. Paul Scholes didn’t hold back.

“Every time you come to Old Trafford you see negative football. They had to win a game against a League One side with a penalty in the 94th minute. In my eyes it’s not good enough. It’d take me two or three days to get over a performance like that.  I’ve tried to defend this team now for the last two or three weeks and it is getting more and more difficult to do.”

Now if one of the Paddy Power Blog team says that, it doesn’t really hold much gravitas, because we’re all horrifically out of shape and pretty crap at football. But Paul Scholes has played 718 times for United, and won 25 trophies with them. If he’s bored, and he says you’re boring, it’s a bad sign.

The stats back the ginger ninja up.

Paul Scholes celebrates scoring 29/4/2008

  • Three shots on target in the whole game, the first of which didn’t come until the 69th minute 
  • The tenth home game in a row in which United have failed to score in the first half
  • United are creating just eight chances per game – the same amount as Aston Villa
  • Despite being 5th in the Premier League, they’ve only scored 12 goals in 10 home games

There’s just a feeling that LVG is on borrowed time. Yes, United are 5th, and haven’t lost since Boxing Day. The Dutchman will point to results. Football is a results game in general, but at the top level, you need to be entertaining. And United these days are about as entertaining as a Nick Clegg speech.

In the next month United play Southampton and Stoke in Old Trafford, as well as trips to Newcastle, Chelsea and Liverpool. Any dropped points at home and it might be a case of Louis Van Gone.

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