Speaking to the media on Friday morning, Louis van Gaal has robustly refuted Paul Scholes’ assessment of Manchester United’s style of play at present.
The Old Trafford legend has been highly critical of Van Gaal’s approach to the game, claiming legendary strikers of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andrew Cole and Dwight Yorke’s standing would even struggle under this regime.
“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,” Scholes is quoted in the Independent as saying.
“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.”
The Manchester Evening News have since detailed the Dutchman’s rebuttal of these claims.
“He doesn’t have the responsibility so you can say everything. Why are you saying something – because of the benefit of the club or himself?
“You ask me if I take a risk – I always take risks. I do not agree with his opinion.
“I don’t want to defend myself because I cannot defend because he is a legend and he has a lot of resonance, I hear.
“I think when you are legend you have to speak with manager or your friend Ryan Giggs.
Van Gaal goes on to state that he realises there is an expiry date for managers who don’t perform but that he is doing ‘everything’ for the club because he believes the ‘fans are unbelievable’.
“I know when we shall lose and lose and lose that I shall be finished. I know that. But I shall do everything for this club because I think with these fans are unbelievable.
“We are improving a lot. When you think what can be done within one year I’ve said the process takes three years.” the Manchester Evening News quote the former Ajax coach as saying.
“That’s why I signed for three years. When Paul Scholes thinks I go, I go. But he’s not responsible. That’s the Glazers and Ed Woodward.”
Van Gaal’s bullish response to Scholes’ comments will not ease the growing army of fans who are discontented with the move away from United’s traditional attacking football under Sir Alex Ferguson’s reign, however.
A lack of penetration and creative flair has been a complaint from many supporters as United failed to score for the second game in a row against Championship side Middlesbrough during the week, with Scholes putting these results down to Van Gaal’s conservative approach.
However, for those concerned that United’s main striker, Wayne Rooney, just does not cut the mustard anymore, comforting rumours have emerged in the last 24 hours of a potential record fee being tabled for Tottenham’s Harry Kane.
Even if he was to leave London though, it’s possible that the Dutchman’s style of play would hinder him at Old Trafford too.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
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