Andrei Kanchelskis believes Manchester United players have been programmed into ‘robotic footballers’ due to manager Louis van Gaal’s pragmatic coaching philosophy and he doesn’t see the Dutchman as the man to turn the club’s dwindling fortunes around.

Kanchelskis won two Premier League titles during a four-year spell at Old Trafford under legendary coach Sir Alex Ferguson in the 1990s.

United’s last three matches have ended goalless pelted with series of paraplegic displays which Kanchelskis feels is down to Van Gaal who overload his wards with a bevy of information and restrictions, making them play like robots on the pitch.

“Van Gaal is too pragmatic, his footballers play like robots, former Red Devils winger Kanchelskis told The Sun.

“They are kept within a strict framework, they are not allowed to improvise, contrary to what Ferguson allowed us to do.

“Van Gaal, of course, is a good coach but, in my opinion, he is not for Manchester United.”

“I was at the stadium in when United played CSKA Moscow in the Champions League in Russia, and I was surprised how disgustingly United played in the first half.

“A lot of ball control but no sharpness at all.”


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