News 31 October 2015

Paul Scholes goes in on Man United manager Louis van Gaal

31 October 2015

The United legend, who played 718 times and scored 155 goals for the Red Devils, launched his latest attack on van Gaal after United were knocked out of the Capital One cup against Middlesbrough (on penalties) on Wednesday night.

Since becoming a pundit Scholes has not held back with his comments on the team he spent his whole career with and has previously said his former side are playing some “miserable stuff” under their current manager.

Even though United are fourth in the Premier League and have the joint best defence in the division, they have only scored 15 league goals in 10 games.

Scholes, who did admit United are “brilliantly coached” from a defensive standpoint, believes van Gaal’s rigid style of play is to blame for the teams lack of goals.

He said: “It’s a team you wouldn’t want to play against and its probably a team you wouldn’t want to play in either.

“There’s a lack of risk and creativity. It seems he (Van Gaal) doesn’t want players to beat men and score goals – it’s not a team I would have enjoyed playing in.

“The style is not something that Sir Alex Ferguson would have adhered to”.

The ex-England star had some encouraging words for his former team-mate Wayne Rooney, who has come under fire from some United supporters for his lack of contribution to the team this season (2 goals in 9 games).

Scholes added: “I was at the Manchester derby and I watched him (Rooney) for the first 20 minutes.

“His movement was brilliant but when he’s playing in that team there’s nobody prepared to pass to him. You’d be tearing your hair out.

“Ruud van Nistelrooy, Teddy Sheringham, Andy Cole couldn’t play in this team.

“You don’t get crosses in the box, [no] midfielders looking for runs. I think it’s a very difficult team to be a centre forward in.”

In his press conference yesterday, van Gaal responded to Scholes comments.

“You have an expression (in England), sticks and stones will break my bones names won’t hurt me.

“I don’t agree with his opinion.

“He should speak with the manager, or his friend Ryan Giggs, or Ed Woodward not….because he shall be paid by the BBC or Sky.

“If Mr Scholes thinks I go….Mr Scholes is not the responsible man. That is the Glazers and Mr Woodward.

“You have to ask, is he saying this for the benefit for the club or benefit of himself?”

United fans is Scholes right or is van Gaal the man to bring the glory days back to Old Trafford?

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