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United leave Best to past; Flops serve up a stinker on night fans honour Georgie MAN UTD...........0 PSV......................0.


ON the night Manchester United paid tribute to their original dream boy Georgie Best, the current crop of players turned in a display that threatened to put the fans to sleep.

A torchlight vigil was held in the seventh minute for the great No.7 on the 10th anniversary of his death.

Comparisons with Louis van Gaal's men are futile - Best was incomparable.

But it wouldn't be far-fetched to suggest that the lights from the camera phones were the only sight of the night which could live long in the memory.

This dismal draw leaves United in serious danger of heading out of the Champions League - and nobody on the continent really cares.

There was a time when United would have been sorely missed in the latter stages of Europe's elite event, when the opera singer who screeches the competition's theme tune might have wailed a lament. Yet this sluggish United side are light years away from Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern.

This was a fourth 0-0 draw in seven games for van Gaal's team and it was a display which lacked tempo, movement and, most unforgivably of all around these parts, imagination.

Skipper Wayne Rooney said: "We are not ruthless enough and have to score more goals. We need to change these games into victories."

Van Gaal echoed those sentiments and said: "We were afraid to play the ball. The midfielders dropped too deep and didn't support our front players."

United must now win in Wolfsburg on December 8 to be sure of reaching the last 16.

And defender Chris Smalling said: "We saw Wolfsburg away as the toughest game before the group started so we have given ourselves a tough task.

"But we go there with hope because we have beaten them at Old Trafford."

United's fans can't truly love this side, no matter how hard they try.

They recall this place as a thrill factory. Now it feels like they are clocking on for a hard shift at a production line for functional football.

Memphis Depay, the man who now wears Best's iconic number on his back, tested Jeroen Zoet with a 30-yarder in the first half and the keeper also denied Anthony Martial.

But PSV arguably played the better football and David de Gea had to make a smart save to deny Jorrit Hendrix.

The best chances after the break fell to Jesse Lingard but he glanced a header wide then blew a golden opportunity by blasting over from 10 yards.

MAN UTD - De Gea, Darmian (Mata 84), Smalling, Blind, Rojo, Lingard, Schneiderlin, Schweinsteiger (Fellaini 58), Depay (Young 58), Rooney, Martial. Subs not used: Romero, Wilson, McNair, Andreas Pereira.


FORGOTTEN FLAIR Van Gaal drew a blank as fans hailed Best, above

JESSE PAINS Lingard and Rooney suffer after the Old Trafford kid misses a sitter

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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Nov 26, 2015
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