Paul Scholes criticises Manchester United’s style

The Manchester United legend is not impressed with his old club's style of play under Louis van Gaal.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has criticised his former club’s style of play to BT Sport.

The former midfielder was speaking before United’s game against Newcastle United, which his old side managed to win 1-0 courtesy of a late goal from Ashley Young.

United have been heavily criticised throughout this campaign for playing long-ball football and not the exciting, attacking style that fans and everyone else besides has come to associate with the club, especially under former manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Scholes is one of those critics, saying United are playing a possession game that is ultimately ‘pointless’.

“It’s become more of a possession game, but it’s pointless possession,” said Scholes.

“They’re just playing football for the sake of it, keeping the ball, not looking forward. It’s not great to watch. I think they’re lacking confidence in their centre forwards.”

Despite coming in for criticism from fans and pundits alike, Louis van Gaal has staunchly defended his side throughout the campaign and his method of management.

The former Barcelona boss has a point as well, with United currently sitting third in the table and competing for a potential Champions League place with several other clubs. Scholes has defended their record this year, and admits that Van Gaal will not change regardless.

“The record doesn’t suggest they’re not playing great, it’s not a bad record,” added Scholes.

“Van Gaal isn’t going to change though. Manchester United employed a man to manage this team and do it the way he wants to do it, this [style] is the way he wants to do it and this is the way he wants to do it.”

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