Michael Owen reacts to Man United’s 3-2 loss to Wolfsburg
Michael Owen says Louis van Gaal is now under severe pressure after Manchester United's Champions League exit
Michael Owen has warned that Louis van Gaal is now under “severe” pressure after the Dutchman watched his side be knocked out of the Champions League at the hands of Wolfsburg on Tuesday night.
United took the lead in the 10th minute when Anthony Martial slotted home after latching on to Juan Mata’s through ball.
But Wolfsburg were level three minutes later thanks to Naldo’s volley and then went ahead themselves when Vieirinha finished a superb flowing team move.
United drew level in the 82nd minute when Josuha Guilavogui scored an own goal, but the home side replied moments later thanks to Naldo’s header in the 84th minute.
The result parachuted the Red Devils down into the Europa League after they finished third in their group behind Wolfsburg and PSV Eindhoven.
And former United striker Owen has been less than impressed by what Van Gaal has achieved at Old Trafford following his appointment in the summer of 2014.
Speaking on BT Sport after the game, Owen said: “Whether they can rely on Louis van Gaal to spend those millions [in the transfer market] is the question.
“I don’t look at it and just think about tonight or just this season, I look at the 18 months or so that Van Gaal has been in charge.
“He’s spent more than £250m. They weren’t in Europe last season so he had all the focus on the Premier League and the cups.
“They got stuffed by MK Dons 4-0, they got knocked out of the FA Cup by Arsenal, they scrambled into fourth place in the league.
“Then this season they’ve been knockout out of the League Cup by Middlesbrough and an easy group in the Champions League and they’re playing poorly, week in week out. It’s 18 months of below-par.
“With all that money, it’s unexplainable. He’s under severe pressure now.”