The Red Devils are fresh out of a shocking 2-1 thrashing at the hands of FC Midtjylland, a Danish club that were founded in 1999, the year Manchester United won the treble.
Having lost to Sunderland 2-1 last week, Louis van Gaal’s side are fifth in the Premier League table, sixth points adrift of a Champions League spot. Winning the Europa League was their chance of making it to the competition next year, but the disappointing result yesterday has left the fans with little hope of the club being able to do that.
Since taking over the reins of the English club from David Moyes in 2014, the Dutchman has failed to deliver and Shearer feels it is time they stop making excuses and focus on playing entertaining football.
“They’re not very good, that’s the problem – I know they have injuries at the moment but they didn’t have injuries three or four months ago and they weren’t playing particularly well then”, the Englishman said on BBC Radio 5 live.
“They haven’t entertained their fans, which of course at that football club you have to do , you have to play a certain way and Louis van Gaal hasn’t.
“His remit when he took over was to get them back into the Champions League, where David Moyes failed – he did that but this season has been pretty awful to watch”, the 45-year-old continued.
“The leadership in that team is alarming – there’s no screaming and shouting at other teammates to tell them what to do. It just looks as if the players are not enjoying their football”, he further added.
Manchester United will be hoping to get back to winning ways when they play Shrewsbury in the fifth round of the FA Cup on Monday, and then host Midtjylland in the second leg on Thursday.