London: French football great Thierry Henry believes the fans and board could soon turn on manager Louis van Gaal after Manchester United went an eighth game without a win. United’s 0-0 draw with Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday marked the ninth time they have not scored this season, leaving them five points off the top-four in the Premier League.
Henry said that while the performance against Chelsea was an improvement on United’s 0-2 defeat to Stoke City on Boxing Day, a victory needs to come quickly for van Gaal and his side. “It’s another game without winning, that’s eight now, and another 0-0 draw at Old Trafford. I don’t think I would have ever said that in my lifetime. But there was something about them on Monday that maybe sparked something, a new beginning maybe,” Henry was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Monday.
“Van Gaal said that he has the board with him. They better start to win games because he will have to deal with a tricky situation, and at one time the board may find themselves dealing with the same situation the Chelsea board had not that long ago.”
Van Gaal led United back into the Champions League with a fourth-place finish last term, but they were knocked out at the group stage earlier this month and will now battle it out in the Europa League. Despite a testing season, United’s fans were largely in support of their side and Henry praised the Old Trafford crowd for their patience with both van Gaal and the club since David Moyes took over from Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
“It is vital to have support, especially when you play at home you want that type of support. But the way they played against Stoke away from home was just not United, not the United I know. No passion, no desire, they got out-muscled and out-played at times,” Henry said.