Louis van Gaal could be on the brink of a dismassal at Old Trafford, with Manchester United struggling to get going in the Premier League. According to Sky Sports, the Red Devils’ players have let the Dutchman down.
The sports news outlet took a look at the statistics of WhoScored.com, which rates players by its own stats. Sky Sports show that, of players who have made over five appearances during the 2015/2016 season, only two are playing better than they were during the last season.
Marouane Fellaini has suffered the most significant drop-off. The Belgian had a WhoScored rating of 7.31 at this point during the 2014/2015 season (still under David Moyes) compared to 6.60 now. United have picked up just one point per game when ‘Big Fella’ has been on the pitch this season compared to 2.4 points when he was not.
Another name to have dropped off significantly is Wayne Rooney. The striker had a rating of 7.36 under Moyes last season and is now at just 6.85 under van Gaal. Rooney had contributed nine goals and nine assists at this point last season, compared to just six goals and two assists this Premier League campaign.
Ashley Young and Antonio Valencia have performed pretty bad as well. Young sits at a rating of 6.64 compared to one of 7.12 last season, while Valencia has dropped from 7.24 to 6.72.
Other notable drop offs are: Michael Carrick (6.96 to 6.55), Phil Jones (7.56 to 6.72) and Paddy McNair (6.75 to 6.30). David De Gea, Daley Blind, Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and Ander Herrera have performed worse as well, but their drop off is less notable.
Therefore, only two players have performed better this season under van Gaal compared to the previous campaign under Moyes. Chris Smalling had a rating of 7.09 at the same point in 2014/2015 and sits at 7.18 in 2015/2016. The centre-back has improved consistently over the past four seasons.
The other one is Luke Shaw, who improved from 6.71 to 7.36, but suffered a leg break early on in the season…
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