Louis van Gaal unconcerned by Paul Scholes criticism

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal is not concerned by recent criticism from Paul Scholes about the style of play under him.

The Man United legend has openly voiced his disapproval of Man United’s tactics in recent days following the 3-1 victory over Burnley on Wednesday.

Scholes believes van Gaal has an obsession with possession and went against the United ethos of attacking football, instead adopting a more pragmatic approach to avoid risks.

Despite the comments, van Gaal insisted he and his players are unaffected.

Speaking about Scholes’ comments, van Gaal said: “I don’t worry about it, it’s not so interesting I think because he [Scholes] is one of the fans, I hope, and fans can criticise. That’s what I have to say about that. I am used to it and I think all the players are used to it because they are not first time professional football players. Maybe some players are not affected, most of the time it does not affect me or the players.”

Van Gaal has also had to deal with comments by West Ham United manager Sam Allardyce who said his side couldn’t cope with “long-ball United” following the 1-1 draw between the two sides last week.

The criticism has certainly grown in the last few weeks but van Gaal can point to some good results in his defence.

United have lost only once in 18 games, which is the most important statistic as the club bid to qualify for Champions League football next season.

The football may be negative but United fans cannot say it isn’t getting results.

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