Jamie Carragher delivers blunt verdict on Man United form ahead of Wolfsburg test
Jamie Carragher feels that Manchester United's players must change their attitude to improve their results
Jamie Carragher has declared that Manchester United’s players are not showing enough commitment as they prepare for their crunch Champions League clash with Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.
The Red Devils were held to a lacklustre goalless draw by West Ham United at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon as Louis van Gaal’s men continued their stuttering form.
It’s the polar opposite of what we’ve been used to
United are in fourth place in the Premier League table and three points behind surprise leaders Leicester City but have only scored one goal in their last three games and have been widely criticised for an unadventurous style of play.
Former Liverpool defender Carrager feels that United’s problems stem from the players’ attitudes and a lack of attacking intent.
Speaking on Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football, Carragher said: “If you could sum Alex Ferguson’s time at Manchester United, what the players did for him, they’d run through a brick wall for him, they’d play forward.
“It feels like they get to the brick wall now and they turn back. They are not running through brick walls for people, they aren’t making forward runs, passing forward. They get there and they just turn back.
Wolfsburg v Man United: Match facts
• United missed the chance to secure their place in the round of 16 when held 0-0 by PSV on match day five.
• The Old Trafford team last fell at this hurdle in 2011-12 after a 2-1 defeat at FC Basel on matchday six. David de Gea, Phil Jones, Smalling, Wayne Rooney and Ashley Young all played in that match on 7 December 2011.
• United are still looking for their first away victory in Group B (D1 L1) but did win 4-0 at Club Brugge in the play-offs.
• Their overall away record against sides from Germany is W5 D4 L5.
“It’s the polar opposite of what we’ve been used to.”
Louis van Gaal’s men take on Wolfsburg in Germany on Tuesday night needing a victory to guarantee their place in the last 16 of Europe’s elite club competition.