Paul Ince: Why Man United are no longer playing with fear

Paul Ince explains why Manchester United are starting to play with more freedom

Paul Ince says Manchester United are starting to play without fear in their pursuit of a top-four finish.

The Red Devils are in fifth place in the Premier League table after a mixed campaign so far in Louis van Gaal’s second season in charge.

They’re fifth in the Premier League and they need to get in the Champions League so they’ve got to have a go at teams

Paul Ince

The Dutchman led United back into the Champions League in 2014/15 but the 20-time English champions trail bitter rivals Manchester City, who occupy fourth place.

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of United’s game against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Saturday, former United midfielder Ince explained why Van Gaal’s players are starting to play with more freedom.

“It’s like the shackles have been released,” Ince said.

“Earlier this season, they were too lethargic, too slow, too methodical. Now, they’re have a go at teams – maybe because they know they’ve got to.

“They’re fifth in the Premier League and they need to get in the Champions League so they’ve got to have a go at teams.”

United have already lost to Swansea City, Arsenal, Stoke City, Norwich City, Bournemouth and Southampton this season.

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Van Gaal’s side have only beaten Aston Villa, Southampton, Everton, Watford and Liverpool on the road in the Premier League ahead of their trip to the Stadium of Light.

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