Michael Owen singles out two Manchester United players for failing to deliver
By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin are contributing nothing to Manchester United going forward, according to Michael Owen.
The former United striker singled out the contributions of the central midfield duo as he identified why United are struggling to score goals.
Louis van Gaal’s team failed drew 0-0 against PSV Eindhoven at Old Trafford on Wednesday night to leave their Champions League hopes hanging by a thread.
United have to win at group winners Wolfsburg in a fortnight’s time to guarantee progress to the knockout stages of Europe’s top competition.
“They are set up as a defensive team, they are set up not to concede a goal,” said Owen, speaking to BT Sport Europe after the match on Wednesday night. “The two midfielders, Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger, contribute nothing going forward and the two full-backs do not contribute anything going forward.
“It is a midfielder’s job description to help defensively and assist going forward. They [Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger] are not helping going forward at all.”
Louis van Gaal has overseen a possession-based style of play that has proved successful at keeping clean sheets this season but creates few chances.
United have scored just four goals in their last seven matches, four of which have been goal-less draws.
“It is easy to set up a team to not concede goals,” added Owen. “The midfielders just sit in front of the back four and the full-backs do not push forward.”