Former Manchester United coach Rene Meulensteen has likened Louis van Gaal to a 'ticking bomb' and expects his Dutch compatriot to come unstuck in the foreseeable future.
The former Bayern Munich coach joined the Red Devils in the summer and oversaw a squad overhaul as a number of big-money players arrived at Old Trafford.
Despite a rather mediocre start to the season, a run of five wins on the spin has seen United surge up the table and occupy a top-four spot – the minimum expectation for this season.
Meulensteen, however, doubts whether Van Gaal can keep up the good run of form as he slams the United boss, suggesting that with the squad at his disposal performances should be of a much better standard.
“He will blow up at some point — that’s part of his make-up,” he was quoted as saying by The Sun. “If you go and sit with Van Gaal, you’ll come out thinking ‘I’m 12 years old.’
“He will speak to you as if you have no clue. He will look at you and be thinking ‘what are you asking me? I’m Louis van Gaal’.
“He’s not my cup of tea. It’s one of the reasons I quite like Ronald Koeman as a person — he doesn’t preach or lecture people like the other guy does.
“I find it a big surprise that Van Gaal has not managed yet to make the team play better. We are nearly at Christmas and I still don’t see a flow, a rhythm.
“They win five on the spin but they were absolutely pummeled at Arsenal and should have lost against Southampton.”
United face Liverpool at Old Trafford in Sunday’s early kick-off with the chance of gaining revenge on their rivals for the humiliating 3-0 defeat at the hands of the Reds towards the end of last season.