Manchester United were held to a third consecutive goalless draw on Saturday, with Wayne Rooney’s performance against Crystal Palace producing more frustration.
Louis van Gaal received criticism from club legend Paul Scholes in midweek, as reported by the BBC, and his side didn’t do much to dispel those doubts at Selhurst Park.
Much has been said about United’s style of play under the Dutch tactician, and it is undoubtedly a change in approach from the one that they enjoyed under Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Red Devils have adopted a more conservative and patient style during Van Gaal’s reign, and although the former Ajax boss has the backing of the supporters and the players for the time being, the lack of goals will continue to be a problem.
Part of the issue is Rooney’s troubles, as noted by The Daily Mail, as the England captain has struggled playing up front as the lone striker while naturally dropping back into space to create chances.
That in turn raises questions about whether or not the 30-year-old should move quicker towards a transition into a midfielder, with Anthony Martial’s pace and movement providing the most dangerous threat for United in attack.
Rooney’s lack of pace and frustration with a lack of service when spearheading the attack ensures that the side aren’t clicking offensively, as the likes of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata show difficulties running in behind and supporting the England international.
Whether or not Van Gaal permanently changes things remains to be seen, but the 64-year-old will continue to come under pressure if his side can’t start finding the back of the net with greater regularity.
United face CSKA Moscow in the Champions League on Tuesday night, before hosting West Bromwich Albion on Saturday.