Russian winger Andrei Kanchelskis, a vital cog in Sir Alex Ferguson’s first great Manchester United side, has doubled down on his comments from December that Louis van Gaal is the wrong manager for United.
In the twilight of 2015, Kanchelskis stated unequivocally that Van Gaal “doesn’t understand English football.” It’s rather unsurprising that the Russian, who epitomised the romatic ideal of a United attacked bombing down a wing, doesn’t like Van Gaal’s plodding, methodical style of football.
Speaking to bwin, Kanchelskis expanded on his comments from December, stating that he wishes there was more service from the wide areas.
Kanchelskis conceded that “Louis is a great coach with a lot of international experience,” but despite this there is a complication that “his style is wrong for United.”
Kanchelskis, who appeared 123 times for the Reds, says that “there has not been enough service and so there have not been enough goals, that must change.”
Van Gaal has often been criticised for his boring football at United, and Kanchelskis recognises that there must be attacking football because “United have always been about attacking football, fast wing play and developing youth.”
He went on to acknowledge how difficult the task of succeeding Ferguson is, and the work Van Gaal has done to bring through players from the youth ranks.
“The one positive is that, recently, he has begun trusting the young players to deliver and given them chances,” said Kanchelskis. “This will help give him some more time with the fans and maybe the club too. I feel sorry for Louis because Sir Alex Ferguson is an impossible act to follow, but I don’t think he is the right manager for Manchester United.”
Frankly, no. The Russian is merely the latest in an interminably long line of past United stars who’ve criticized the Dutchman.
If Paul Scholes can’t have a huge impact, Kanchelskis won’t either. However, the one thing which may prompt the Old Trafford brass to pull the trigger and get rid of the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager is results.
With a Europa League Round of 16 encounter against Liverpool on the horizon and an FA Cup Quarterfinal against West Ham sandwiched between the two legs, failure to edge closer to silverware could finally prompt the end of Van Gaal’s reign. Only time will tell.