Rene Meulensteen: Paul Scholes has earned right to criticise Man United

Paul Scholes is in a privileged position where the legend can criticise Man United, according to Rene Meulensteen

Rene Meulensteen says Paul Scholes has earned the right to criticise Louis van Gaal and his Manchester United side.

The former England and United midfielder has been an outspoken critic of Van Gaal’s side throughout the Premier League campaign after the Red Devils have consistently fallen short of the club’s high standards.

The 41-year-old won 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups, two Champions League titles, the League Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup during a decorated 21-year career at Old Trafford.

And former United assistant manager Meulensteen, who coached Scholes under Sir Alex Ferguson, explained why Scholes is allowed to criticise Van Gaal’s disappointing Red Devils side.

“Everybody is entitled to opinions and you’re talking about legends of not United but the game. They have been a part of Manchester United’s success and they have every right to speak,” Meulensteen, speaking to exclusively to 888 sport, said.

“What it shows it how difficult it’s become for managers these days because there is 24/7 publicity around the club and players. These opinions have been around for thousands of years but now people have a tool to express them through social media.

“Scholes and Schmeichel and the others are saying these things for the right reasons and nothing else.”

United finished in fifth place behind Manchester City on goal difference after a 3-1 victory over Bournemouth in their final Premier League game on Tuesday night.

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Van Gaal’s side will face Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace outfit in the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday afternoon.

Read the full 888sport interview with Rene Meulensteen here including his thoughts on how Sir Alex Ferguson would have reacted to the level of performance this season and why Scholes is right to criticise Louis Van Gaal.

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