Van Gaal Insists ‘Man Utd Is Always Entertaining’, Dismisses Scholes’ Criticism

EINDHOVEN, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 15: Louis van Gaal, manager of Manchester United looks on during the UEFA Champions League Group B match between PSV Eindhoven and Manchester United at PSV Stadion on September 15, 2015 in Eindhoven, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Van Gaal Insists ‘Man Utd Is Always Entertaining’, Dismisses Scholes’ Criticism

Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has dismissed criticism by former Red Devil Paul Scholes of his team’s playing pattern and lack of scoring many goals, saying he does not agree with the ex-international’s opinions.

The former United midfielder, who played 718 games for the club, had said on Wednesday that he “would not enjoy” playing under the Dutch manager because his team takes no risks.

Van Gaal replied by asking: “Is he saying this for the benefit of the club or benefit of himself?”


“I don’t agree with his opinion,” he said. “I always take risks. Manchester United is always entertaining.”

“I cannot defend myself. He is a legend,” said Van Gaal.

“But when you are a legend, you have to speak with the manager, or his friend Ryan Giggs, or [executive vice-chairman] Ed Woodward and say things like this.

“We are improving a lot but it takes three years.

“But when Mr Scholes says I have to go, then I must go. But that is not his responsibility, it is that of [Manchester United owners] the Glazers and Mr Woodward.

“When we lose and lose and lose I shall be finished. I know that. But we are improving. We now have 20 points from 10 games. Last year it was 13.”


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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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