Manchester United are “going backwards” under Louis van Gaal and should be worried the Dutchman thought they played well at Tottenham, according to Jamie Carragher.
United were beaten 3-0 at White Hart Lane on Sunday, but Van Gaal argued his side “were at least equal” to Spurs prior to their opening goal.
He told Sky Sports: “Until the first goal I think we were a good team who were playing good, in Tottenham, and also had a big chance for a goal, so you cannot say that the way we have lost is a big negative result. But the way we have played until the first goal was good.”
Carragher sees Van Gaal’s comments as a sign of how far United have fallen under his stewardship.
“It looks like they’re going backwards,” said Carragher. “In terms of Louis van Gaal, I don’t see him at the club next year if he doesn’t get top four.
“Manchester United are a much bigger team than Tottenham, although Tottenham have a better side at the moment, and [Van Gaal] is talking about how well they played.
“The fact we’re saying United played well, we even mentioned it at half-time. That’s United playing well now, without ever looking like scoring in that first half.
“[Tottenham] could have scored five or six today. [Anthony] Martial had the one chance at 0-0, but that’s what it’s come to now, where Van Gaal is actually pleased that they just gave Tottenham a game.
“That’s what he said: ‘Before the first goal, we’ve given them a good game’, but this is Manchester United and they’re talking about Tottenham as if they’re Real Madrid!
“I’d be worried listening to my manager speaking like that after a game.”