Former Manchester United striker Michael Owen has claimed that there are some “fundamental” issues under Louis van Gaal and that questions need to be asked of the Dutchman.
Man United are struggling to get back into the Champions League next season and squandered their only realistic chance of some silverware after being knocked out of the FA Cup against Arsenal on Monday night.
Van Gaal’s position isn’t under any specific danger, but former striker Owen is yet to see any progress this season and believes the team remains at the same stage it was in August.
“You give him a bit of time to start off with,” Owen explained on BT Sport.
“He was going 3-5-2 then went with a four and was chopping and changing. We’re nearly at the end of the season now and it is still as bad as it was in the first week.
“There is something fundamentally wrong and I think it starts with the manager.”
Owen is arguably the first Man United star to ask questions of the manager and should the club fail to seal a top four place, the pressure on the Dutchman will become intense.
Former manager David Moyes inevitably lost his job for failing to qualify for Europe’s top competition and given that Van Gaal has almost spent £150 million to spend, it is fair to suggest that more should be expected from this Man United team.