Man Utd boss Louis van Gaal reacts to Scholes criticism

by Richard Laverty

Manchester United manager says Paul Scholes should ‘pay attention’ to what he says after the former United player and coach criticised the academy at Old Trafford.

The comments from the former midfielder were in light of Manchester United opening a brand new, multi-million pound academy right outside the Etihad Stadium.

The new £200m academy had quite the opening on Monday and was attended by people such as George Osborne as well as members from the City academy and the women’s team who will also be using the new facilities.

It is not the first time this week that van Gaal has had to respond to comments from legends after Gary Neville said United looked like a ‘pub team’ against Southampton, but his reply to Scholes had similar sentiments.


“Yes, that’s also a legend, yeah? I think he has to pay attention to his words, too. The building and accommodation is not so important. The philosophy and staff are – and then of course you have to work with the talents.

“I don’t have time to compare talents and staff with each other; when I see what we have I know I am very happy. Now I am more occupied with the first team and that’s more than difficult enough without the youth education.”

United and van Gaal have had no such problems giving regular game time to their own young talents this year with reports today suggesting James Wilson may be in line to start Sunday’s match against Liverpool.

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