Paul Scholes has admitted that he expected Manchester United to have a better points-tally by now.
This is United’s worst start in 28 years and has already seen them fall 13 points behind leaders Chelsea.
Former United midfielder Scholes has conceded his disappointment at Louis van Gaal’s side’s current state, and has highlighted the fact that United were better at this stage last season under David Moyes.
‘Louis van Gaal talks about progress’, the 39-year-old wrote in The Independent. ‘I expected United to have a better record by this stage of the season.
‘Under David Moyes last season United had 17 points from their first 10 games. This time, having spent £150m in the summer, they have 13 points from 10 games’.
Scholes states a basic fact that many United fans will choose to ignore. Results have been disappointing for the Manchester outfit so far this season, and Van Gaal needs to take responsibility.
The Dutchman has spoken about his philosophy throughout the season so far, but the harsh truth is that United need immediate results.
Unlike Moyes, Van Gaal will be given time - and perhaps rightly so. The 63-year-old has a much bigger reputation than the former Everton manager, and has shown in the past that he knows how to carry big clubs through tough clubs.
However, it cannot be denied that Van Gaal is struggling to meet expectations at the moment. Although United are four points behind fourth-placed Arsenal, they need to improve their performance.