Former Manchester United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel has provided a scathing assessment of the club’s performances and results this season.
The Dane isn’t the first club legend to air his displeasure with watching the team this season, with the likes of Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand notably being highly critical throughout the year in their roles as pundits on BT Sport.
Following a similar line of criticism, the former shot-stopper has been left bitterly disappointed with how different United now look compared to the sides that he played for under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Louis van Gaal has undoubtedly changed the mentality and culture at the club during his tenure, and while it has resulted in disappointment again this season, it remains to be seen whether or not it has a long-lasting effect at Old Trafford.
“Manchester United – a club that love and have followed since I was a kid – have bored me to death this season,” he told Sky Sports.
“We are one of those clubs that has been dragged in completely the wrong direction. We never used to play football the way we play now. We never played for 1-0 and then defend. We always went for the second goal and the third.
“All the hard work that Sir Alex put in to recover what was there from Sir Matt Busby has been undone in a very short period of time. I, as a fan, want to be winning but to entertain equally as much too. I want exciting players.”
Schmeichel went on to add that he would “love for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come to Manchester United”, as the Swedish forward would add some inspiration and excitement at the club as opposed to him having a “Sunday nap at Old Trafford”.
It’s difficult to disagree with the former Danish international, as ultimately Van Gaal has turned United into an generally efficient and certainly less extravagant side than the supporters have been used to over the years.
Whether he survives for another year remains to be seen, while the man heavily linked as being his successor, Jose Mourinho, would arguably produce a similar style of football, albeit a more effective brand of it which is usually followed by trophies.