Louis Saha has lost the backing of a large chunk of Old Trafford attenders, with the fans seemingly sick to the back teeth with Saha and his injuries. What was being passed off as lack of match fitness before is now being called laziness, and it is looking like his days with United numbered.
It had appeared as though Saha had beaten his injury woes of the past last season, making it all the way to March before facing a lengthy spell out on the sidelines. It was a costly injury for United, with the reds just not having the strike power and energy to add to their Premiership final, despite reaching the FA Cup final and European Cup semi-final. The lads ran out of steam, with Rooney leading the attack and Giggs as his supporting striker for the remaining months of the season, and the big games highlighted just how desperately we needed an out and out striker on the park.
With Saha spending the season so far drifting in and out of fitness, there have been calls for United to sell on the French striker in the summer, and bring in someone who we can depend upon to be available to play.
So far this season, Saha has scored the winning goal against Sunderland at Old Trafford, a penalty against Chelsea, and bagged a further two goals against Sunderland on Boxing Day. Throughout this time he has thanked the manager for his patience and support, claiming that he is just on the brink of repaying all that loyalty and kindness. However, he has yet to come up with the goods.
Today, Saha came out with another promise of improving. “I know I can do better, and hopefully I showed that against Sunderland,” he said. “The manager has always shown a lot of faith in me and that gives me a lot of confidence. I’m definitely getting there [overcoming injuries]. I played two full games in a row over Christmas and that was the first time I’d done that for a while. So things are improving and I’m looking to play even more. My target now is to stay fit and keep finding the back of the net. I’m a striker and that’s my job and now I want to concentrate on scoring more goals for the team. I’m very hard on myself and always want to do better, so I’m not very satisfied with how the season has gone so far on a personal level.”
Does Louis Saha have a future at United?