The Manchester United manager, Louis van Gaal has not been able to take the club to where it belongs after taking over from David Moyes before the start of the last season.
Ever since, LVG has been under tremendous pressure even as the club have been in transition and has been accused of having the club play some boring football by the likes of Paul Scholes earlier in the season.
Scholes, one of the true legends of the game has been influential at Old Trafford and his view of his clubs situation at the moment caught on very quickly all over the internet.
Talking to Mark Ogden in an exclusive interview, the Manchester United manager explained that it was not up to him to work his team around comments from outside the club.
Van Gaal said, “What Scholes is thinking, he has to think it. Every human being can give his opinion. I don’t bother about that, I think it is good.”
However, he took a hit back at the former mid-fielder and accused him effecting his club negatively with his comments. LVG felt that Paul Scholes whose comments coincided with the worst form of the club this season should have been more positive in his approach towards the club.
He said, But my problem is when you create an atmosphere, a very negative atmosphere for somebody, so maybe he should be more positive.”
Manchester United have now found some form with just one defeat in their last 9 games and the manager felt that his squad has been in a learning process. He explained that his team need to know how to finish games and that the club would have been in a better position if they learned to do that earlier in the season.
“We have to finish games off,” he says. “We have to develop and improve further because we played very good at Chelsea, but did not finish the game off. “
“Already this year, we lost goals in the last minute against Newcastle, Southampton and Chelsea. It has cost us five points, so we must learn how to finish games.”
Van Gaal was also asked about how he feels about his tenure at the club. The 64-year old was quick to admit that his ambitions for the English franchise are not close to being fulfilled but defended himself saying that it he strongly believes that it is achievable with more than an year left in his contract with the club.
“It is not a straight line in football,” Van Gaal says. “It is always up and down, also with other clubs. It is possible, but it’s a process that has ups and downs.”
The manager also explained that his methods of coaching might be a bit different but said “I hope that all the people who work with me remember me as a human being,” when asked about how others feel about his methods.
He also explained his mantra to working with the team and especially with the backroom staff and revealed that he has a very good relationship with them as he respects them.
He explained, “When you give your fellow employees attention for what they are doing for us, it makes a difference. I am empathetic to the job and I want to be a human being where I work.”