Photo: Feyenoord players celebrate Tonny Vilhena’s late goal.
My readers and visitors to this website will be surprised I didn’t report on yesterday’s Europa League matchup between Manchester United and the Dutch team, Feyenoord. United produced the most lackluster display I have ever seen – not even during the reign of Louis Van Gaal did I watch such a useless football match from the greatest football club in the world. Jose Mourinho’s Europa League campaign began in defeat at Feyenoord. Most annoying!
Jose Mourinho made eight changes from the team beaten by Manchester City and an Anthony Martial shot going wide was United’s only first-half chance. Zlatan Ibrahimovic came on and failed to turn around United’s fortunes. Instead, Nicolai Jorgensen, who was offside, crossed for Tonny Vilhena to drive in Feyenoord’s late winner and United couldn’t do anything about it. No zeal, no drive, no ambition, no cohesion and Paul Pogba who was struggling in the midfield at 83 million Pounds Sterling was a total disaster!
Photo: Paul Pogba was a total disaster!
This defeat means that Manchester United have lost four successive European away games for the first time – and that is depressing. I’ll be honest with anybody, for a moment as I watched the match from Abuja, the capital of Nigeria, I had nostalgia briefly for the Van Gaal days. I’ll confess, United shouldn’t have sacked Van Gaal. United is the biggest football club in the world. Van Gaal had established a far-reaching system of playing football – ball possession. The players had imbibed the system and what remained was to add that attacking ingredient – then – Sack! Sack!! Sack!!! Van Gaal movement reared its head. United didn’t exercise patience. Now, we are stuck with Jose Mourinho, who was equally sacked by Chelsea’s billionaire owner.
I was so distraught yesterday with our defeat by Feyenoord that I couldn’t bring myself to write and report on yesterday’s Europa League matchup in the Netherlands. I promise to be up to date henceforth but Manchester United under Jose Mourinho should start winning matches that ordinarily should be a walkover.
Well, what can I do?