The ginger prince lays on the criticism…again.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has criticised manager Louis Van Gaal by saying that he expected more progress under the Dutchman this season, according to the Daily Express.
The former Dutch national coach came in over the summer to much pomp as he looked to change the philosophy of the club to the tune of around £150m.
But three months into the season the Red Devils continue to struggle and Scholes sees reasons to be concerned.
“Louis van Gaal talks about progress. I expected United to have a better record by this stage of the season,” he said.
“Under David Moyes last season United had 17 points from their first 10 games.
“This time, having spent £150m in the summer, they have 13 points from 10 games.
“It is difficult to figure out what Van Gaal is thinking during games. His demeanour doesn’t change throughout. He looks a bit subdued.
“Certainly, he appears very different to the man you saw on the touchline at the World Cup.”
Scholes also believes Van Gaal should have foreseen the issues with the defence and made adjustments while he still had the chance.
“The problem in defence should have been addressed in the summer. It was not as if Van Gaal was unaware that Phil Jones, Smalling and Jonny Evans were susceptible to injuries.
“The great defenders – Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic – were injured very rarely in their prime. You need that reliability and consistency at centre-back.
“My concern is that the mood among the United players feels a bit low-key.
“Preparing for the broadcast of the game in Madrid this week, I watched reruns of last season and Angel Di Maria smiling broadly as he celebrated goal after goal with Cristiano Ronaldo.
“He doesn’t seem to be in the same happy mood at United. It feels downbeat among the team. All this, and yet the third and fourth places – with respect to the likes of Southampton and West Ham – really are there for the taking.”
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