Louis van Gaal's men emerged with a point after a 1-1 draw at Leicester on Saturday, in which Jamie Vardy scored in a record-breaking 11th consecutive Premier League match.
The visitors looked comfortable in possession for long periods but were rarely dangerous in the final third from open play. It was therefore fitting that their equaliser -- a header from Bastian Schweinsteiger, his first goal for the club -- came from a set-piece.
The same problems were on display from United, with Wayne Rooney...
LEICESTER, England -- Three points from King Power Stadium, where Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy made history in a 1-1 draw Saturday against Manchester United.
1. Result is a good sign for Leicester
Leicester are no longer top of the league, but their performance against Manchester United, in which Vardy broke the Premier League record for goals in the most consecutive games, will still provide great encouragement for Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri.
After Wednesday's 0-0 draw with PSV Eindhoven, Manchester United's fourth goalless stalemate in seven games, a friend emailed.
"I compare the club to a bath," he wrote. "The water was leaking quickly down the plug hole when [David] Moyes was here. [Van Gaal] came in and put a big plug in there to shore things up. Problem is that now there are no bubbles and the water's flat and lifeless.
"I'm completely nonplussed by the football. [I still] buzz off the buildup and rushing to the ground, buzz off...
Take yourself back to when Louis van Gaal was appointed Manchester United manager in the summer of 2014, following the painful and pathetic reign of David Moyes.
There were hopes and dreams and a belief Manchester United might play entertaining football again. Or, at the very least, not be a laughing stock. Videos circulated with images of Van Gaal prowling the touchline, cajoling players. He reenacted a kung fu kick on the sidelines during a European Cup final, for goodness sake. He was, seemingly,...
Manchester United must win their final group game against Wolfsburg in order to ensure qualification for the Champions League Round of 16, knowing that, if they draw in Germany and PSV Eindhoven defeat CSKA Moscow, the Dutch side will go through.
On Wednesday, Louis van Gaal's team started with four forwards but failed to put together any sustained passage of attacking play. It was a desperately disappointing performance, in which United actually started patiently and even promisingly but then lost...
MANCHESTER, England -- Three points from Manchester United's 0-0 draw with PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on matchday five in Champions League Group B.
1. Sterile United near the exit
Manchester United's dullness is starting to be damaging. A stalemate with PSV Eindhoven means they probably need to beat Wolfsburg in Germany if they are to remain in the Champions League. In one sense, little happened at Old Trafford. In another, United made life far more difficult for themselves.