Paul Scholes: Louis van Gaal focuses too much on possession

by Tanveer Arayan

Paul Scholes has criticised Louis van Gaal for focusing too much on possession following Manchester United’s 1-0 win over Norwich City on Saturday.

Man United enjoyed the lion’s share of the ball at Carrow Road but they struggled to create any chances of note throughout the contest.

Juan Mata’s winner, in the second half, was the only real opportunity that United fashioned for themselves in the entire contest. Scholes wasn’t happy with United’s performance and van Gaal’s approach to the game.

“I think he judges a game on possession,” Scholes said.

“If he comes in after a game and scores one goal and had maybe 5 or 6 shots on target, like Leicester, but had 70% possession, I think he’s much more happy with that.”

Van Gaal has proven over the course of his reign that he is a pragmatic manager, content to restrict opponents’ strengths and keep the ball at the cost of attacking verve.

But this goes against the attacking ethos that United have built for themselves in years gone by. Supporters have been used to seeing the likes of Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Eric Cantona throw caution to the wind in trying to get a result but it would be hard to imagine anything similar under van Gaal. It is clear that the Dutchman has to leave in the summer.

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