Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has once again taken a dig at Louis van Gaal‘s brand of football at Old Trafford.
Scholes was back at his old stomping ground on Saturday taking part in UNICEF’s Match for Children and was on top of his game, scoring the opener for the Great Britain and Ireland XI. The 40-year-old has recently been voicing his concerns and criticisms of van Gaal in his capacity as a pundit on BT Sport and found time to comment on Man United’s season so far.
It is no secret that Scholes and van Gaal’s opinions on how United should be playing their football differs enormously and the latter has called out the former player on occasion.
Scholes made 718 appearances for the Reds, giving him the right to voice his issues about the way the side is playing and he was quick to do exactly that again.
“It hasn’t been great for 13 months, but I better not say too much because Louis might be listening!,” Scholes joked.
“There’s been talk of a philosophy, a process. For me, Manchester United don’t need a philosophy. The fans want to see attacking football and goals – that’s the Manchester United way.”
There has been plenty of talk about United losing their identity under van Gaal due to their preference to keep possession rather than constantly attack the opposition goal. However, the Reds have always been known for bringing through quality young players into the first team and Scholes has been pleased to see the development of a certain young winger.
He added: “But it’s been good to see Jesse Lingard in the team. It’s good to see a young lad come through the ranks and do well.
“I thought he was United’s best player against CSKA Moscow in the Champions League recently.”
The United legend has never been one for the limelight but has been at the centre of attention with his role as a TV pundit. He revealed, however, that he isn’t the biggest fan of the job.
Scholes continued: “I don’t really enjoy it. I just try to be as honest as I can be.”
The man who scored 155 goals for United has been more than outspoken since his retirement, with columns in various newspapers as well as appearances on Sky and BT Sport. He seems to be addressing the same issues that many United fans have and has been an advocate for change at Old Trafford.
His comments certainly resonate with supporters of the club and Scholes will be hoping that van Gaal will pay attention to his comments and have United playing the same brand of football they have for decades.