Former Manchester United star Andrei Kanchelskis has warned the club's supporters that they face a lengthy spell without winning the Premier League title if they persist with boss Louis van Gaal, according to The Mirror.
The former Russian international had a four-year spell with the Red Devils in the early nineties, helping the club win both the Premier League and the FA Cup.
Since his retirement, he has often looked in on his former club with interest and shared his feelings on the current on-goings at Old Trafford over the weekend.
While most can see progression under Van Gaal, Kanchelskis instead believes that United are under serious threat of becoming stale in spite of their rich attacking quality available for slection.
In a bizarre rant reported by The Mirror, the 45-year-old has warned United supporters that under the guidance of their Dutch coach they face a lengthy spell in the shadows of Chelsea and Manchester City.
“With Louis van Gaal in charge they will not become champions for another ten years,” he was quoted as saying. “I don’t understand the type of football he is instilling into his players.
"I don’t fancy their chances with him in charge - they aren’t going to compete with Chelsea and Manchester City.
“They looked awful. Seventy-five thousand people came to the stadium to watch but they were an embarrassment. I felt sorry for the fans.
“He may be able to solve some of the problems by changing his personnel, but on the whole I don’t fancy my old team’s prospects with him in charge.’’
Following their victory over Queens Park Rangers on Saturday, United remain in fourth spot in the table, with North London duo Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur not far behind.