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Therefore, it’s probably also pretty safe to say that Scholes could levy few harsher criticisms of current Man United manager Louis Van Gaal, than to say he wouldn’t have enjoyed playing for the Dutchman’s iteration of United.
“There’s a lack of creativity and risk. It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised. But it seems he doesn’t want players to beat men and it’s probably not a team I’d have enjoyed playing in.”
“The hardest thing to coach is scoring goals and creativity. 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 your hair out.
“I played with some brilliant center forwards and I don’t think they could play in this team — the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke and Teddy Sheringham. You don’t get crosses into the box or midfielders looking for runs.”
While Scholes is correct in pointing out United are hardly the most enjoyable attacking side to watch in the Premier League this season, the fact they’ve conceded the joint-fewest goals (8) in the league through 10 games is a narrow improvement on last season’s 37-in-38 tally, and a far cry from the 43-in-38 of 2013-14 under (mostly) David Moyes.
Is Scholes being too harsh on LvG with regard to playing unattractive football, or does he deserve the criticism considering he’s spent more than $300 million on player transfers since being appointed United manager 18 months ago?