Attitude must change at Old Trafford if United still want to win the Premier League
Man Utd are known for their great football achievements and success in the game. A team that has won a number of trophies, set and broken records. There is one thing they don’t want to be known for – their attitude. Honestly, it hasn’t been good this year.
On evidence throughout the year, Manchester United do not have the greatest attitude on the pitch. The Red Devils have picked up five red cards in the Premier League this season and a further two in the Super Cup and World Club. United are one of the six teams in the league that have seen their yellow card tally go past 50. Both individuals and team have contributed to that.
Wayne Rooney, however great he may be has to sort out his attitude. The red card he picked up in Saturday’s 2-0 loss away to Fulham was actually the right decision. More on that here. Rooney had no reason to throw the ball in anger and who knows, it could have easily hit the ref. Because of this Wayne Rooney, one of Man Utd top players, will miss the vital game against Villa in under a fortnight’s time. Rooney has had a history of this.
So to will Paul Scholes and Nemanja Vidic who is still serving a two match ban he picked up against Liverpool nine days ago. Between both of them, they have picked up five, yes five of the seven red cards this year.
What about Cristiano Ronaldo. On three different occasions, he has kicked an opponent player without punishment. His short temper was all but visible against Fulham and was lucky not to get a red card.
It’s just not the players. Sir Alex Ferguson is on a tight rope after once again going after the referees. On some occasions, he has been correct. On other, he’s just been plain wrong.
If United don’t get rid of this expect a lack of concentration, suspensions and fines and Man Utd will fight against Liverpool through this final hurdle. If the attitude does not change, then all of the listed above will harm their chances of a third successive Premier League title.