Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has admitted that he would not have liked to play for Manchester United under their current boss Louis van Gaal. The Englishman criticized the Dutch manager by saying that his tactics lacked risk and therefore lacked creativity.
Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester, Scholes said, “There’s a lack of creativity and risk. It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised. But it seems he (Van Gaal) doesn’t want players to beat men and it’s probably not a team I’d have enjoyed playing in.”
The Red Devils dropped out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday after losing on penalties to Middlesbrough. This was Manchester United’s second home game in a row in which they failed to find the back of the net.
Scholes added, “The hardest thing to coach is scoring goals and creativity. I was at the derby on Sunday and Rooney’s movement was brilliant, but when he’s playing in that team there’s no one prepared to pass to him. I think after 20 minutes you’d be tearing you hair out.”
Despite having the likes of Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Wayne Rooney in their squad, United are finding it hard to hit the back of the net. The manner in which a second division side managed to hold a team that had both Rooney and Martial at the tip of its attack is beyond most football pundits but Scholes, who has played with some brilliant forwards himself, had some thoughts to share on the matter.
“I played with some brilliant centre forwards and I don’t think they could play in this team – the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, Teddy Sheringham. You don’t get crosses into the box or midfielders looking for runs” said the former United midfielder.