Former Man United star says van Gaal is making his players ROBOTS
Former Manchester United star Andrei Kanchelskis has criticised Louis van Gaal’s style, saying the Dutch coach’s tactics are not right for the club.
Kanchelskis, 46, spent four years at United from 1991 as their era of dominance began, winning two Premier League titles, the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Super Cup.
But the winger sees this current United side as being the world away from his team which played with attacking freedom.
“Van Gaal is too pragmatic, his footballers play like robots,” Kanchelskis told Sports Express. “They are kept within a strict framework, they are not allowed to improvise, contrary to what [Sir Alex] Ferguson allowed us to do.
“Van Gaal, of course, is a good coach but, in my opinion, he is not for Manchester United. I’m looking at his game for the second season now. He says that the transformation is going on, but I still couldn’t understand what he is looking for.
“There is an impression that he doesn’t know what he wants. No creative players, no wingers. Nobody could serve Wayne Rooney. The current Manchester is not the same as it was under Ferguson.”
United drew 1-1 with CSKA in Moscow two weeks ago, having to come from behind to rescue a draw thanks to a second-half goal from Anthony Martial, with the two teams meeting again at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Kanchelskis was not impressed by the performance of former Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger.
“The first game against CSKA showed that it’s possible to win against this team,” Kanchelskis said. “I was at the stadium and I was surprised how disgustingly United played in the first half. A lot of ball control but no sharpness at all.
“In the second half it got better because of the substitution of Bastian Schweinsteiger, who was slowing the game down. I guess, Manchester United is not his team.
“It’s in the history and tradition of Man United to play wide and be sharp at the flanks, but there is nothing like this now.”
“Yes, changes in the second half had worked. Marouane Fellaini was a good sub and, if he were used properly, he could be very useful.”
The 46-year-old also claimed that United had goalkeeper David de Gea to thank for their start to the season while criticising Van Gaal for letting fellow- Dutchman Robin van Persie move to Fenerbahce in the summer.
“They were saved with the fact that De Gea stayed in the team,” Kanchelskis said. “If he had left, Man United would have done much worse. He is a very strong goalkeeper, he saves the team a lot.”
On Van Persie, he added: “Let’s say, he did not have a good season. But nobody shone until the end of the season from those who played in Brazil at the World Cup last year.
“Even Lionel Messi was exhausted, as well as the Germans. How could you let go of such a player?
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