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Kanchelskis believes Man United are ten years from a title with Van Gaal

by Richard Laverty

Former Manchester United Andrei Kanchelskis has torn into Louis van Gaal, brandishing his team ‘awful’ after the 1-0 home defeat to Southampton last weekend.

Since then United have returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over QPR but the ex-United man was far from impressed with what he saw as United failed to have a single shot on target against their top four rivals.

Kanchelskis, now managing in Latvia, spent several years wowing the supporters at Old Trafford but wasted no time in telling them they won’t win the league with Van Gaal in charge.

In an interview with a Russian paper, Kanchelskis said: “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.”

Despite that, United went into the game against Southampton on an 11-game unbeaten run and had won six games in a row at one point through November and December but one win in five over Christmas allowed United’s rivals to close up, and it’s now important the team go on a run with a kind run of fixtures coming up

Kanchelskis’ blunt and brutal analysis of Van Gaal’s trophy chances for the next decade are certainly an extreme example but they are an example nonetheless of the pressures which Van Gaal faces as United boss.

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