The Great Dane sees the Spaniard as symptomatic of the problems at Old Trafford, despite Man United’s win over Liverpool yesterday.
Man United legend Peter Schmeichel has been one of the more vocal critics of Louis van Gaal’s tenure among the club’s alumni.
While the side often lacked attacking nous against bitter rivals Liverpool, they came away with the crucial win. Speaking in a punditry role on Sky Sports though, the ex-goalkeeper was less than impressed with both the performance and Man United’s title-winning chances.
“I don’t think they can win the title, I don’t think the team is good enough and they don’t enjoy playing the way they do”, he proclaimed.
“It was three lucky points today. De Gea was key in keeping them in the game, and when you have a world-class player like Rooney, something can happen, and it did. That’s two positives from the game. If that’s the style of play that Man United has to play, then I don’t think they can win the league because you have to be really lucky every game.”
Schmeichel also took aim at the contribution of fan favourite Ander Herrera. He acknowledged the player’s ability, but sees his role as redundant.
“You have to have the drive, you have got to go from box to box and be physically strong”, he said in reference to the Spaniard.
“Whenever he gets the ball he turns and gives it sideways or backwards. That’s not the way we want them to see them play. That’s the key to why the game is so slow, Man United need to up the tempo and if this guy does the opposite of what he is doing then he can. I like him as a player but he is also someone who is under the manager’s control.”
Again, the perceived negative influence of the Dutchman’s ‘philosophy’ is flagged as the side’s biggest problem. Herrera made a decent attacking contribution in his first season at the club with eight goals, but has reverted to a deeper role in van Gaal’s rigid midfield.
With the win at Anfield, Man United are in fifth place, and just seven points behind League leaders Arsenal.