Man United legend struggling to watch Louis van Gaal’s ‘miserable’ football
Paul Scholes slams Manchester United's 'miserable' brand of football
Paul Scholes says he is struggling to get any enjoyment from watching Louis van Gaal’s Manchester United side.
The Red Devils limped to a 3-1 victory over Burnley at Old Trafford on Wednesday night thanks to Chris Smalling’s double and Robin van Persie’s late penalty.
Van Gaal has come under increasing pressure following a turgid couple of weeks that has seen Radamel Falcao and Van Persie struggle to score with any sort of frequency.
United legend Scholes believes the 20-time English champions aren’t willing to take enough risks, branding the Red Devils’ current style of play as “miserable”.
“It does not give me any pleasure to say that at the moment I am struggling to watch Louis van Gaal’s team with any great enjoyment,” Scholes wrote in his Independent column.
“At times, United’s football is miserable. To beat opposing teams you have to attack, and to attack you have to take risks. Too few of the players in the current team are prepared to take those risks.
“Angel Di Maria has taken more risks than any other player and, unfortunately, for him it has not worked out. There seems to be an emphasis on possession. I would go further than that: there is an obsession with possession.”
Van Gaal’s side face League One outfit Preston North End for a place in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Monday night.
United are in third place following their unimpressive victory over Sean Dyche’s side at Theatre of Dreams.
The Red Devils make the trip to Swansea City in their next Premier League outing on 21 February.