Van Gaal: Scholes can criticize us, he’s a United fan

Paul Scholes has called some of the football Manchester United are playing under Louis van Gaal as “miserable”. United are third in the Premier League so far but the style of play being employed by the Reds manager has been branded as “boring” and “laboured” by pundits and supporters alike. Gary Neville had a pop at United earlier this season when he compared them to a pub side and Scholes has now raised his concerns. Writing in The Independant, Scholes said: “It does not give me any pleasure to say that at the moment I am struggling to watch Louis van Gaal’s team with any great enjoyment. “They beat Burnley on Wednesday night but it was Burnley who had by far the best of the first half. “At times, United’s football is miserable. To beat opposing teams you have to attack, and to attack you have to take risks. Too few of the players in the current team are prepared to take those risks. “As a midfielder at United I had to pass the ball forward and, yes, it did not always work. It did not always mean putting a chance on a plate for the strikers. It was up to them to get on the ball and score goals. Was it easy? No, but we were playing for United. It was not supposed to be easy.” Scholes is also concerned by Wayne Rooney’s deployment in midfield and feels that his best position is up top where Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao are currently toiling to finish chances. “If Van Gaal does not think Rooney is a better option up front than the other two then there really is a problem,” Scholes stressed. “He has a fantastic goalscoring record for United, behind only Sir Bobby Charlton and Denis Law, yet against West Ham he did not have a single touch in the opposition’s box. That cannot be good for the team.”

Written by Jash Mehta [@the_manutd_blog]

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