Louis van Gaal hits back at Man United legend Paul Scholes
Louis van Gaal insists that he is paying no attention to Paul Scholes' recent criticism of Manchester United
Louis van Gaal has brushed off the recent criticism of Manchester United’s style of play by former midfielder Paul Scholes.
Scholes was outspoken in his criticism of the Red Devils’ lack of creativity after Van Gaal’s men were dumped out of the League Cup on penalties by Middlesbrough on Wednesday night.
Van Gaal is gearing up his Manchester United side for their Premier League trip to Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon as he looks to guide his team back to winning ways after their goalless draw with Manchester City last weekend.
Van Gaal was questioned about Scholes’ recent comments at his weekly news briefing at Carrington on Friday morning.
And the Dutchman insisted that he was paying no attention to the former England international’s comments and is purely focused on getting the best out of his team.
Van Gaal told a news conference on Friday: “I do not agree with his opinion but I don’t want to defend myself. I can’t defend because he is a legend and has a lot of resonance, I hear.
“If you are a legend, you have to speak with the manager, or with his friend Ryan Giggs, or with Ed Woodward, but not because he is paid and then you have to say something.
“It has no effect on me whatsoever. He doesn’t have the responsibility, so he can say anything. But why is he saying something? Because of the benefit of the club, or the benefit of himself?
“[What he says] is not important. I know when we shall lose, and lose, and lose that I shall be finished. But I shall do everything for this club because I think that these fans are unbelievable.”
United head into Saturday’s game fourth in the table and two points off top spot.