The all-time Old Trafford great Paul Scholes says he is not so much impressed with Louis van Gaal’s Red Devils this season and has also raised questions about the Dutch manager’s strategy.

Manchester United were thrown out of the Capital One Cup following a defeat at the hands of Championship side Middlesbrough and earlier drew goalless in Manchester derby last Sunday.

This goal-shy team have merely managed very few shots than Aston Villa, Watford and Norwich in the Premier League till now this season.

And Scholes has criticized now by saying: “There’s a lack of creativity and risk.

“It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised. But it seems he (Van Gaal) doesn’t want players to beat men and it’s probably not a team I’d have enjoyed playing in.”

No one in the squad is suffering more at this moment than captain Wayne Rooney who has managed to score just two goals in the league so far this season and is facing fierce stick from various United fan groups.

He missed the first spot kick of the penalty shootout against Middlesbrough which the Red Devils lost 3-1. Much of the Questions regarding the Red Devil’s attacking shortcomings recently have been directed at Rooney. But according to Scoles, you have to blame the whole system, not an individual. After all it’s a team game.   

Scholes added: “The hardest thing to coach is scoring goals and creativity. I was at the derby on Sunday and Rooney’s movement was brilliant but when he’s playing in that team there’s no one prepared to pass to him. I think after 20 minutes you’d be tearing you hair out.

“I played with some brilliant centre forwards and I don’t think they could play in this team – the likes of Ruud van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole, Dwight Yorke, and Teddy Sheringham.

“You don’t get crosses into the box or midfielders looking for runs.”

However, the FA are now investigating as a green laser light was repeatedly aimed at the United captain’s face when he was preparing for the penalty kick.



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