Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has come out and slammed the defensive approach the team is showing under Louis van Gaal.
Scholes, 40, played under Sir Alex Ferguson and won 11 Premier League titles and two Champions League titles during his career at United. He did say that the team is excellently coached by van Gaal, but that the style of play isn’t very attractive to watch.
“I actually think the team is brilliantly coached to defend,” Scholes told BBC Radio Manchester. “I think the hardest thing to do is to coach scoring goals, creativity and to have players who are off the cuff.
“It’s a team you wouldn’t want to play against and it’s probably a team you wouldn’t want to play in either.
“There’s a lack of risk and creativity. It seems he doesn’t want players to beat men and score goals – it’s not a team I would have enjoyed playing in.”
Scholes also defended his former teammate Wayne Rooney. Rooney has been under a lot of scrutiny this season for his poor goalscoring record, but Scholes doesn’t believe that it’s all Rooney fault that things aren’t going his way this season.
“I was at the Manchester derby and I watched him (Rooney) for the first 20 minutes,” Scholes said. “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, midfielders looking for runs. I think it’s a very difficult team to be a centre forward in.”