Louis van Gaal won't win a trophy during his Manchester United tenure, according to Sunday Supplement guest Jason Burt.
United failed to score for the third game in a row as they held out for a goalless draw at Crystal Palace on Saturday and Van Gaal's rigid style of play has come in for criticism.
Burt, who is the Daily Telegraph's chief football writer, has seen United play "a lot" this season and he's been so disappointed in their performances he's starting to think that Van Gaal won't win a trophy if he continues to employ these negative tactics.
"They are playing in a very methodical and purposeful way, and trying not to lose games, but you need more than that," he told Sunday Supplement.
"People talk like Manchester United were in a terrible situation [when Van Gaal took over] that they had to get back from. They only had one bad season. This wasn't a team that had struggled for three or four years and then had to try and rebuild it. This transition is expanding, expanding and expanding.
"The whole of Van Gaal's time in charge will be a transitional phase now because they're not going to get back to where they want to be under this manager the way he's doing things. They'll be in the top four, will they win a trophy? I don't think so."
United legend Paul Scholes has also criticised Van Gaal's style of play in the last week, claiming the current United team is not one he would have enjoyed playing in.
Paul Scholes has got every right to say what he said. He’s a season ticket holder at Old Trafford – he’s a fan and one of Man Utd's greatest ever players.
The manager hit back at Scholes on Friday, insisting he is not affected by anything the club's former players have to say but Burt thinks Van Gaal should take the former midfielder's views on board.
He said: "Scholes is right, what Manchester United are trying to do is not to lose games rather than win them. That's not really what people want to see. People want to see more flair, ambition and gambling going on from Manchester United.
"Van Gaal came back at Scholes on Friday and almost said 'you haven't got the right to criticise'. Why? Paul Scholes has got every right to say what he said. He's a season ticket holder at Old Trafford - he's a fan and one of Manchester United's greatest ever players. I agree with him."