The Telegraph’s Jason Burt has revealed his belief that Louis van Gaal will struggle to win a trophy during the rest of his tenure at Manchester United.
Burt was speaking on the Sunday Supplement on Sky Sports, with the conversation starting over comments made by United legend Paul Scholes last week.
The former England international claimed that he ‘wouldn’t have enjoyed’ playing in this current United side, as reported by the BBC, given the way that Van Gaal has set his team up and the way in which they play.
The Red Devils were held to their third consecutive goalless draw on Saturday by Crystal Palace, with Van Gaal’s side struggling to make a breakthrough with their methodical and patient approach.
As a result, Burt told Sky Sports that he believes that the club will continue to go through a transitional period for the remainder of the Dutchman’s tenure. While that still means competing for a top-four finish in the Premier League, he questioned whether or not they have the right approach to win silverware this year.
Following their stalemate with Palace, United fell four points behind joint league leaders Manchester City and Arsenal, as they now switch their attention to the Champions League when they host CSKA Moscow on Tuesday night.
Another shutout for the United front line will result in further pressure being put on Van Gaal to change either his system or the mentality of the group, as currently they have not shown consistently that they can score goals.
Of the top 10 teams in the Premier League, only Palace and Liverpool have scored less goals than United so far this season, with Van Gaal’s men totalling 15 in 11 games. Although their defensive record is impressive, unless they can combine that with a potent attack, it will arguably result in further frustration during the course of the remainder of the campaign.