Manchester United: Boring and Awful
In the mercurial world of football fates, it seems like Louis van Gaal is writing his own exit story these days.
Manchester United desperately needed a victory to qualify for Champions League bracket play but got just the opposite in a 3-2 loss to Wolfsburg.
Van Gaal has altered the aura of the Red Devils and it's ill-advised. Attacking football turned defensive and talent turned boring after his philosophical 'enlightenment' at Old Trafford.
Wolfsburg couldn't have asked for a better opposition to hand them the top spot.
Anthony Martial gave United the best start they could've hoped for:
A true savior for the Red Devils.
But Naldo's perfect response three minutes later presented a harsh reality check for the Mancunians:
Why the Red Devils perpetually bungle their defense in set pieces is a mystery for the ages.
A master stroke, indeed.
United are the comeback kings, though, and they kept their rep alive, if only for the moment and with a little help from their enemies:
However, as they showed after conceding in the first half, Die Wölfe was undeterred and made amends almost instantaneously. And it was Naldo again who sealed the deal:
With United tumbling out of Europe this early, is a sacking on the way at Old Trafford?
The rumblings are rising.