Alan Shearer boasts the Premier League records for:
Most goals in a season (in both 42 and 38 game seasons)
Most goals in a calendar year
Most hat-tricks in a season
Highest number of teams scored against (in a 22 team league)
And so many other Premier League scoring records.
So it’s understandable why Shearer feels so strongly about Louis van Gaal’s attacking play, or lack there of. Writing for The Sun, the ex-England striker has said:
“I would argue Louis van Gaal cannot even afford to draw it [United’s match up with Liverpool this weekend].”
“He has been asking for more time for his team to blend, for young players to develop etc. Time is up I’m afraid – the time is now.”
“You cannot oversee the changes he has made, backed by hundreds of millions, and then claim you are a victim because it needs time to blend. It is your job to mould a side and I would suggest a year is plenty for a club of Manchester United’s standing.”
“You can get away with the dull, functional football Van Gaal is dishing up if you are getting results. But if you go back to the end of last season Van Gaal’s league run over the last 10 games now stands at three wins, three draws and four defeats.”
Shearer has also slated the Dutch manager’s transfer policy:
“His recent attempts to change that in this summer’s transfer window have been baffling. He has started Adnan Januzaj in four games this season – and then shipped him out. He tells Javier Hernandez he has another chance and then sells him.”
“Then in comes a relatively untried teenager in Anthony Martial upon whom there is now a huge expectation after a deal which will eventually be worth £57.6million.”
“Van Gaal’s CV has afforded him the time that David Moyes was not given. But a poor result on Saturday and questions will start to be asked.”
The ex-striker isn’t alone in wanting Manchester United to attack more but the majority of United fans are excited by the new French prospect, Anthony Martial.