Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has responded to recent criticism from former United midfielder Paul Scholes.
Scholes has been criticizing the 64-year-old Dutch manager for being too defensive in his playing style and that the current United side lack creativity in offense. Van Gaal responded to the criticism and pointed to the success he had at his former club Ajax who won the Champions League against might AC Milan back in 1995.
“We won everything with very attacking football. I don’t say it too much because otherwise Mr Scholes will be very angry!,” van Gaal told The Daily Mail.
“We didn’t have any money and we were bankrupt, so I had to look to youth. We scouted [Jari] Litmanen, a Finnish player, who we bought for £10,000. We also bought Finidi George. He was a Nigerian international. He was £3,000. I paid it by myself! And then, we bought Marc Overmars.”
Van Gaal also rebutted rumors that he’s an arrogant dictator.
“I’m from a time where you did everything,” van Gaal said. “Now I’m the manager and I have a sports science department, a scouting department, a medical department, assistant managers, assistant coaches.
“I don’t do anything – nothing! I delegate. I delegate, and I earn a lot of money!
“Feedback is very important, of course. But I have to say that because when I don’t, I’m arrogant!
“Sometimes I have a horrible time because I am too arrogant, I say things how they are. It’s the most difficult way but you shall survive.
“I am also an innovator, and I have changed a lot in terms of preparing for games. I was the first coach who was with a notebook. Now everybody is with a notebook. I was the first coach who used video.”