The Saturday View - Boos for Van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was forced to listen to more boos from the Old Trafford faithful as his side drew yet another blank in their 0-0 draw against West Ham.
While this goal less stalemate could hardly be described as a boring affair, the final out come meant United missed another chance to keep pace with the Premier League leaders after another 0-0 draw on home soil.
United have now kept six clean sheets in a row at Old Trafford, but they have only scored three goals in that run of fixtures and Van Gaal offered this defence of his team after the game.
“We have to score, we don’t score. That’s our problem," said Van Gaal, as he stated the obvious once more.
"You have to finish. You have to score goals otherwise you can’t win.
“We have to be happy about the second half performance from Manchester United, but there is an aspect we have to improve a lot. We don’t score.”
Just totted up #MUFC's 0-0 draws in a season and a bit under Van Gaal. Ten. That's a lot. But it feels like 48. Either way, it's so so dull— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) December 5, 2015
United's latest disappointment was made all the more acute as they failed to take advantage of another slip from their local rivals Manchester City, as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Stoke.
This was another of those limp City displays that are undermining their title bid and keeper Joe Hart offered few excuses after the game.
The record breaking scoring run of Leicester's Jamie Vardy came to an end, yet his side continued their stunning form as aRiyad Mahrez secured a 3-0 win at Swansea and fired the Foxes back to the top of the Premier League.
Deflated Swansea boss Garry Monk admitted his side need to arrest their slump quickly, with rumours sweeping through the game on Saturday night suggesting he could now face the axe.
Arsenal are level with Leicester at the top of the Premier League after they beat a spirited Sunderland team 3-1, with Olivier Giroud scoring a both ends in an eventful game at Emirates Stadium.
Tottenham were left frustrated as they could only draw at West Browmich Albion, while Watford impressive form continued as they secured a 2-0 win against Norwich and bottom club Aston Villa picked up a point against a struggling Southampton side.