Old Trafford legend says van Gaal ‘obssessed with possession’.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes admits he finds it miserable watching his old side under the management and ethos of current manager Louis van Gaal.
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Writing in his column for the Independent, the former England midfielder feels van Gaal is obsessed with possession and that his United side do not take the same risks that they did under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“It does not give me any pleasure to say that at the moment I am struggling to watch Louis van Gaal’s team with any great enjoyment,” Scholes said. “They beat Burnley on Wednesday night but it was Burnley who had by far the best of the first half.
“At times, United’s football is miserable.
“United fans don’t care if the team only has 40 per cent possession as long as they are watching an attacking team.
“As a midfielder at United I had to pass the ball forward and, yes, it did not always work. It did not always mean putting a chance on a plate for the strikers. It was up to them to get on the ball and score goals. Was it easy? No, but we were playing for United. It was not supposed to be easy.
“Of the current team, Angel Di Maria has taken more risks than any other player and, unfortunately, for him it has not worked out. He has given the ball away a lot for very little returns. Otherwise there seems to be an emphasis on possession. I would go further than that: there is an obsession with possession.”