Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has come under immense pressure in recent weeks as speculation continues to build over his future.
Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Norwich City at Old Trafford wouldn’t have done his job prospects any favours, and as seen in the clip below, it isn’t just scoring goals that has become a problem for the Dutchman.
As the criticism of the Red Devils continues to mount, there are aspects of United’s performances that suggest that Van Gaal may well be fighting a losing battle.
Having scored just 22 goals in 17 games so far this season, the lowest of any side in the top six, Van Gaal’s system and style of play have attracted significant criticism and has contributed to the fact that many believe that his time is running out, as noted by Sky Sports.
The one part of the team that the Dutch tactician has been able to rely on over the season has been his defence, and they boast one of the best records in the league having become difficult to break down.
However, after conceding three goals at Wolfsburg in the Champions League, a game which ended in defeat and saw United eliminated from the competition, United have started to become less compact at the back and have now conceded four goals in their last two Premier League games against Bournemouth and Norwich respectively.
As seen in the clip above taken from Saturday’s game, the ease with which the Canaries were able to break through the United defence is a huge concern. With the likes of Chris Smalling and Ashley Young out of position and lacking the commitment to get back, it raises further questions as to whether or not Van Gaal still has the backing of his players.
It is arguably becoming a similar situation to that faced by Jose Mourinho prior to his sacking at Chelsea, with reports that the Portuguese tactician was snubbed by some of his players during and after his last week at the club, as reported by The Independent.
With United slipping into the Europa League and now nine points behind Premier League leaders Leicester City, Van Gaal will continue to face some difficult questions as his side prepare for a trip to Stoke City on Boxing Day.