Paul Scholes Says He ‘Would Not Enjoy’ Playing In Van Gaal’s Team

Paul Scholes Says He ‘Would Not Enjoy’ Playing In Van Gaal’s Team

Paul Scholes was a Manchester United midfield legend throughout his playing career and won almost everything a player can win in club football. He excelled under Sir Alex Ferguson in all facets of the game, while playing some of the best football in modern team history.

Scholes, however, feels he would not enjoy playing as a Red Devil nowadays due to Louis Van Gaal’s tactics and with the team being too “tightly organised.”

Scholes did praise the United defense saying they are “coached brilliantly” but criticized the team’s playing pattern, following the loss to Middlebrough on penalties in a League Cup match on Wednesday.

“There’s a lack of creativity and risk,” Scholes said while speaking on BBC Radio.

“It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised.

“But it seems he (Van Gaal) doesn’t want players to beat men and it’s probably not a team I’d have enjoyed playing in.”


United players during the penalty shootout against Middlebrough. © BBC Sport/Getty

Wayne Rooney missed a penalty in the shootout, which saw the Red Devils get knocked out of the Capital One Cup, but Scholes defended his former teammate stating that any striker would struggle under Van Gaal.

“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 you hair out.

“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,” Scholes concluded.

United currently sit fourth in the table, two points behind their city rivals Manchester City, having scored only 15 goals this season.


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Srdan “Sojo” Latinovic is a sports editor/writer with previous writing experience for Chicago.com, Bleacher Report and Suite 101. He has covered soccer, basketball and hockey among other sports and also has keen knowledge in tennis and football. Sojo has played competitive sports since he was 5 years old and still does to this day, although the level of competition has dropped since his semi-professional days of soccer in Germany in the late ‘90s. Sojo is a 2009 graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Sports Journalism and is a recipient of the 2009 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award.

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