Former Manchester United star Andrei Kanchelskis launched a public attack on Louis van Gaal, claiming the Dutchman will not bring a Premier League title to Old Trafford even if he stayed for a decade.
Kanchelskis will be an unfamiliar name to the younger of Manchester United's massive fan base, but those around Old Trafford at the start of the Premier League era consider him something of a legend.
The Russian winger helped the Red Devils to the first two of their 13 Premier League titles in 1992 and 1993 before leaving in 1995 having scored 48 goals in the space of four years.
He was seen enjoying the company of Sir Alex Ferguson in the stands for Manchester United's recent game against Southampton, but he was not impressed with what he saw on the pitch.
Saints star Dusan Tadic scored the only goal of the game in the second half, giving Manchester United their fourth taste of defeat in the Premier League this season. Kanchelskis thinks it is further evidence that Van Gaal is not up to the job.
"75,000 people came to the stadium to watch but they were an embarrassment"
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Kanchelskis told a Russian paper: “With Louis van Gaal in charge they will not become champions for another ten years."
“I don’t understand the type of football he is instilling into his players. I don’t fancy their chances with him in charge - they aren’t going to compete with Chelsea and Manchester City.
“They looked awful. 75,000 people came to the stadium to watch but they were an embarrassment. I felt sorry for the fans.
“He may be able to solve some of the problems by changing his personnel but on the whole I don’t fancy my old team’s prospects with him in charge."
“United’s players from 1993 - the likes of Paul Ince, Eric Cantona, Paul Scholes, Peter Schmeichel, Ryan Giggs - would be tearing their hair out.”
Van Gaal got Manchester United back on track by guiding them to a 2-0 win over QPR, but was forced to abandon his controversial 3-5-2 formation at half time with the score at 0-0. Second half goals from Marouane Fellaini and James Wilson sealed three points for the Red Devils.
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