Paul Scholes criticises Manchester United’s style of play under Louis van Gaal

by Ben Topliss

Paul Scholes is unimpressed by Manchester United’s style of play under Louis van Gaal this season.

Man United have been criticised in recent weeks for employing long-ball tactics, most notably by West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce following the 1-1 draw between the two sides.

Scholes has added to the ridicule by saying the team are not currently playing in the traditional United way.

Talking about United’s style of play, Scholes said: ”It’s not great to watch – put it that way. I’ve heard Van Gaal say recently that United can’t take risks, but what message does that send to the fans?

“It’s all about taking risks as a Manchester United player and having the balls and tenacity to go out and attack the opposition.

“They’re (the fans) used to watching United teams that play high intensity football and score plenty of goals – and that just hasn’t happened this season.”

It is true that United have looked poor recently but Scholes cannot say the team aren’t getting results. United have only lost once in 17 games and are in the fifth round of the FA Cup.

Van Gaal has made his team incredibly hard to beat at the cost of attacking fluidity. Of course United fans will want to see a more entertaining brand of football but it is crucial that the club qualify for the Champions League so the policy is a necessary evil.

That being said, United were far below their best against West Ham and will be looking to get a positive result when they play Burnley tonight.

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