Stu­art Mathieson

Stockport Times East - - CITY LIFE LOCAL -

HERE was no grim reaper in ev­i­dence like United’s last visit to Good­i­son – this was just grim.

ThThThThThThThe skele­tal fi­fi­fi­fig­ure of death that haunted David Moyes in the crowd 12 months ago in the last throes of his Reds life wasn’t brought out of the closet to taunt Louis van Gaal.

Had this kind of per­for­mance been go­ing on for the last cou­ple of months in­stead of an en­cour­ag­ing re­nais­sance then the cos­tume and scythe could well have been mak­ing a come­back.

ThThis was a back­ward step dis­play from United which brings the prospect of a Cham­pi­ons League qual­i­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fi­fier early next sea­son ever closer.

From ce­ment­ing a com­fort­able place in the top three on the back of a six- match win­ning run, United’s po­si­tion has been weak­ened af­ter the wheels came offff at Chelsea.

Old Trafffff­ford boss Van Gaal cu­ri­ously ar­gued that his side’s Stam­ford Bridge dis­play was one of the best of the sea­son.

Was there a Fergi­estyle piece of ki­dol­ogy in

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