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'Who The **** Is Donald Love?' And 4 Other Questions Every Man Utd Fan Is Asking After Another Premier League Mess

'Who The **** Is Donald Love?' And 4 Other Questions Every Man Utd Fan Is Asking After Another Premier League Mess
By Mikey Traynor Updated

Manchester United lost 2-1 to second-from-bottom Sunderland on Saturday afternoon, and the absolute worst thing for the fans of the club was that the result could not be considered a surprise at all.

Louis Van Gaal's men have a respectable record against other teams in the top 7 this season, but are among the very worst teams in the league in terms of results against teams in the bottom half, and fans are the club have now come to accept that matches against the likes of Sunderland are going to be tough to watch.

United's second half performance was embarrassing. They sat deep and were under pressure throughout, and when the final whistle blew nobody could say that Sunderland weren't good value for the win.

With that in mind, here are five questions that ever Manchester United fan will find themselves pondering this evening.

Who the **** is Donald Love?

This is nothing against a young lad who made his Manchester United debut today, but there is absolutely no acceptable reason that players who have barely made an impact at U21 level are being turned to in order to dig out the first team.

A Scotland U21 international, Love was handed a Manchester United squad number earlier this week after returning from a loan at Wigan in January.

His primary position is supposed to be right back, but he was asked to play at left-back after yet another injury to Matteo Darmian, who clearly needs an extended break but can't have one because the squad has been stripped far too thin.


Which leads us onto the next question..

Why were no signings made in January?

In what world were Manchester United going to qualify for the top four with the squad that completed the first half of the season?

The squad was already far too light on numbers in both defence and attack, and in midfield too actually, but the one thing that absolutely everybody could see was clearly needed was another full-back.


Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has shown real promise, but his inclusion in the first-team squad was out of desperation, not because he had been knocking on the door.

The only reason that seems to be suggested for making no signings is that the board don't want to bring anyone else in with so much uncertainty around the manager, and if that is true then things are far more worrying for United fans than they seem, as that is just baffling.

Which leads us onto the next question..


What is the direction, if any, in which the board are trying to bring the club?

It was always going to be an extremely difficult task to replace Alex Ferguson, but perhaps underestimated was the task of replacing David Gill.

Manchester United have become somewhat of a laughing stock for their haphazard activity in the transfer market, and now are believed to be waiting until the summer to replace LVG with Jose Mourinho.

If that is true, the idea that they thought a manager who will be out of a job in the summer could navigate the club safely into the top four with no new signings to an already depleted squad is mind-blowing. The idea that things will fall into place because "We're Man United" is frankly stupid.


If they don't see Van Gaal as the man, then that leads us onto the next question..

When is enough enough for Louis Van Gaal?

Saturday's result was nothing new. This has become the norm for Manchester United.

When Stoke effortlessly dispatched of Louis Van Gaal's men on Boxing day, then that was it. The point of no return.


Crisis talks were allegedly held, and Van Gaal's time was said to be up. A decent performance in a 0-0 draw with Chelsea appeared to give hope, and results had gotten slightly better since it reached the low point in the Brittania, but it was painfully obvious that this team would achieve nothing under the Dutchman.

The only reason Van Gaal has not yet been sacked is most likely because the board don't want to sack another manager. So what is the alternative? Close your eyes, cross your fingers, and hope it gets better.

As much as the players have to take their part in the blame, one look at any of Manchester United's recent performances will show you that they are not a well-coached team.


Where would we be without Anthony Martial?

The final question is the only positive of to be taken from the Sunderland performance, and perhaps the season as a whole.

Anthony Martial is now Manchester United's only spark. A 19-year-old that very few fans of the club had heard of this time last year is the only hope.

He has superstar potential, but he needs some help. He's managed to score goals in a team devoid of any creativity, so just think of what he could do if the opposition's focus was on someone else?

It's a worrying time to be a Manchester United fan.

The word from the club is that no discussions with Jose Mourinho have taken place, and while that appears to be nothing more than a fib if you believe every publication in the UK, including the BBC, if the club continue to hope for the best like they have been doing, it's only going to go one way.

SEE ALSO: 5 Important Things That Jose Mourinho Would Definitely Bring To Manchester United

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