Retired Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has criticised manager Louis van Gaal following his reaction to jibes from West Ham boss Sam Allardyce.
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Big Sam accused the Red Devils of being a ‘long-ball side’ after watching them go direct during the latter minutes of Sunday’s 1-1 draw at Upton Park.
Van Gaal seemed to take Allardyce’s words to heart. The Dutchman responded by producing a four-page dossier at his next press conference to defend his team’s tactics.
Scholes thinks that Van Gaal overreacted.
Furthermore, Scholes admits that he has not been impressed by United’s style of play under Van Gaal this season.
Scholes told BT Sport: “Why would you react to a West Ham manager? It’s different if it’s a rival manager like Chelsea or Manchester City’s, but at the end of the day you’re the Manchester United manager.
“I found it all bizarre to be honest with you, as I felt Allardyce’s comments were light-hearted in the first place.”
Scholes added: “It’s not great to watch – put it that way. I’ve heard Van Gaal say recently that United can’t take risks, but what message does that send to the fans?
“It’s all about taking risks as a Manchester United player and having the balls and tenacity to go out and attack the opposition.
“They’re (the fans) used to watching United teams that play high intensity football and score plenty of goals – and that just hasn’t happened this season.
“The two centre forwards – whoever has been playing up there in different games this season – have not been good enough either.”