Manchester United are playing in “a very methodical and purposeful way” and will not win a trophy under Louis van Gaal, according to Jason Burt.
United drew 0-0 for the third game in succession on Saturday at Crystal Palace, but Van Gaal declared himself satisfied after the game with the amount of chances his side created.
However, Burt, the Daily Telegraph’s chief football writer, believes United will win nothing playing as they are doing currently.
“They are playing in a very methodical and purposeful way, and trying not to lose games, but you need more than that,” Burt told Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports.
“People talk like Manchester United were in a terrible situation (when Van Gaal took over) that they had to get back from. They only had one bad season. This wasn’t a team that had struggled for three or four years and then had to try and rebuild it. This transition is expanding, expanding and expanding.
“The whole of Van Gaal’s time in charge will be a transitional phase now because they’re not going to get back to where they want to be under this manager the way he’s doing things. They’ll be in the top four, will they win a trophy? I don’t think so.”
Paul Scholes also criticised United’s style of play last week, saying he would not enjoy playing in the current team, and Burt backed up the former Red Devils’ midfielder.
He added: “Scholes is right, what Manchester United are trying to do is not to lose games rather than win them. That’s not really what people want to see. People want to see more flair, ambition and gambling going on from Manchester United.
“Van Gaal came back at Scholes on Friday and almost said ‘you haven’t got the right to criticise’. Why? Paul Scholes has got every right to say what he said. He’s a season ticket holder at Old Trafford – he’s a fan and one of Manchester United’s greatest ever players. I agree with him.”
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