There will come a time soon—perhaps later this season, or maybe next season—when Louis van Gaal will look back at the start to his first season as Manchester United manager and smile.
With just three wins and just 13 points in their first 10 games, United have recorded their poorest start to the season since 1986-87, which had led to manager Ron Atkinson being sacked soon after.
After Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City—their fourth straight derby loss—United are 13 points south of league leaders Chelsea, languish at 10th place in the table and are four points short of their tally at this stage last season.
Van Gaal’s three months that he had requested for his philosophy to kick in and turn around United’s fortunes are long gone and his team are yet to record a win away from home this season.
They are out of the League Cup, following a humiliating 4-0 defeat at MK Dons, and don’t even have the distraction and exertion of midweek Champions League football to blame it on.
All this, after having spent £150 million in the transfer window.
Statistics are clearly not on Van Gaal’s side. But are Manchester United really worse off than they were last season?
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