Peter Schmeichel
Peter Schmeichel cannot see United winning the league this seasonGetty Images

Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has called out the club's current players for not being good enough to win the Premier League. The retired goalkeeper thinks there is insufficient quality within the United squad to challenge for the title.

Schmeichel, 52, also claimed the players do not enjoy manager Louis van Gaal's possession-orientated style of play. "I don't think they can win the title. I don't think the team is good enough and they don't enjoy playing the way they do," he told Sky Sports.

The Dane was left feeling unimpressed by United's performance in their 1-0 win against Liverpool at Anfield on 17 January. The Red Devils beat their eternal rivals thanks to a late Wayne Rooney goal, but Schmeichel thinks they were fortunate to escape from the match with a victory.

"It was three lucky points today. [David] De Gea played exceptionally well and was key in keeping them in the game, and when you have a world-class player like Rooney, something can happen, and it did," the ex-United star said.

"That's two positives from the game. If that's the style of play that Man United have to play, then I don't think they can win the league because you have to be really lucky every game."

By contrast, Van Gaal claimed after the game that the Reds are in the hunt for the Premier League title. "We can do it [win the title]," he said in a post-match press conference, according to The Mirror.

"Now we have made a good start in 2016, to beat Liverpool for the second time in a row is it marvellous, it gives a big boost for the players and the fans. I hope it shall continue with winning. That is why we are here, to win our games and at end of the season to be in the first three positions of the league."

United currently occupy fifth place in the Premier League table following their victory at Anfield. However, Van Gaal's team are still seven points behind leaders Arsenal in the title race.