Ian Wright: Why I understand Paul Scholes’s criticism of Man United

Ian Wright criticises Louis van Gaal for making excuses for his Man United side

Ian Wright says he can understand Paul Scholes’s criticism of Manchester United.

The former Red Devils midfielder slammed Louis van Gaal’s shambolic side on Thursday night after a 2-0 defeat by bitter rivals Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 clash.

The 20-time English champions were in action again three days later on Sunday as Van Gaal’s players came from behind to rescue a 1-1 draw with West Ham and force a FA Cup quarter-final replay at Upton Park.

The United manager was quick to point to the Red Devils’s hectic fixture list in recent weeks as a reason for the home side’s failure to beat Slaven Bilic’s side.

However, former Arsenal striker Wright wasn’t impressed with Van Gaal’s excuses for his players after a third successive game without victory.

“It’s funny because the Man United we’re used to, you would never hear the excuse of a lack of recovery time from a game,” Wright told BBC Radio Five Live.

“The Man United that was all-conquering they’d play today’s game and the enxt game and they’d get through it. It is the mentality to you instil with the players.

“You don’t look for excuses like that.

“It doesn’t work for a club like Man United and that’s why when I listen to Paul Scholes, I get it.”

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United will host Liverpool in the second leg of their Europa League last-16 tie on Thursday night.

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