Middlesbrough caused a major upset last night at Old Trafford for the Capital One Cup, as the Football League Championship side saw off United on a 1-3 scoreline after penalty shootout, with the score being 0-0 after 90 minutes and the 30min extra-time. United had most of the possession, but it was Middlesbrough which created the major chances to score, with Romero making a couple of important saves, while Blind was relieved to see his bizarre own-goal written off following an initial offside position from Boro’s striker. The game, thus, had to be settled from the penalty shootout process, and while Nugent missed for the visitors, Rooney, Carrick and Young failed to score for the hosts, and Middlesbrough went on to win the game and move on to the next round, while United, along with the likes of Chelsea and Arsenal will have to put a cross on this trophy.
The lack of tempo and attacking flair is also affecting the mood around Old Trafford. While United fans are not the type to take out their frustrations by booing, the general atmosphere in the stadium has gradually decreased as the Van Gaal era has gone on. It’s about time the Dutchman realises that his current approach is not effective in any sense, and that the quicker he adopts a new approach, the better chances he has to make the team perform admirably and at least start winning a trophy with them, following a net £300M investment and yet failing to deliver the goods when required.