Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has played down Paul Scholes’s criticism of his side, according to The Manchester Evening News.
Former United midfielder Scholes wrote in The Independent on Thursday that he is “struggling to watch” the current team “with any great enjoyment”.
The ex-England international added that the Red Devils’ football under Van Gaal “is miserable” on occasions.
Van Gaal, though, is not affected by Scholes’s comments and is quoted as saying by The Manchester Evening News: “I don’t worry about it. It is not so interesting.
“Paul Scholes is one of the fans I hope. Fans can criticise. That is not the problem. I’m used to that, the players are used to that.
“They are not first time professional football players. Maybe some players it does affect, but normally it does not affect the players and me neither.”
Does Paul Scholes have a point?
United’s football has indeed been less than impressive under Van Gaal, despite the array of attacking stars the Dutchman has at his disposal.
The Manchester outfit are very much in the running for a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, but their football has been far from aesthetic.
Perhaps it is largely because the attacking players have struggled for consistency and form.
Star striker Radamel Falcao has been off-form all season, while Angel di Maria is not playing the way he was at the start of the season.
However, the main objective for United this campaign is to finish in the top four. The Red Devils are on course to doing just that, and maybe performances will improve next season.