Manchester United legend slams Louis van Gaal’s coaching style, says Wayne Rooney suffering for it

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Wayne Rooney and Louis van Gaal have not exactly been a match made in heaven since the former Dutch manager took over the club in 2014, and at least one Manchester United legend feels that the pair might need to go their separate ways.

According to the Metro, former United star Paul Scholes took a big swing at Louis van Gaal for his coaching style and said the legendary Sir Alex Ferguson would not approve of the way he’s managing the talent.

“The style is not something that Sir Alex Ferguson would have adhered to,” Scholes told BBC Radio Manchester.

“I actually think the team is brilliantly coached to defend. I think the hardest thing to do is to coach scoring goals, creativity and to have players who are off the cuff.

“It’s a team you wouldn’t want to play against and its probably a team that you wouldn’t want to play in either.

“There’s a lack of risk and creativity. It seems he doesn’t want players to beat men and score goals – it’s not a team I would have enjoyed playing in.”

Van Gaal took over the team in the spring of 2014 but Man United failed to climb higher than 3rd on the Premier League table in the 2014-15 season. The offense stagnated in the final six weeks of the season, being outscored 3-7 and earning just five points in the process.

As for Wayne Rooney, Scholes lamented that there did not appear to be anyone else on the team capable of getting his former teammate the ball to make opportunities in the derby against Man City.

The Man United legend concluded that neither he nor his elite teammates Ruud van Nistelrooy, Teddy Sherringham, or Andy Cole would be able to play in Van Gaal’s system.

“I was at the Manchester derby and I watched him (Rooney) for the first 20 minutes,” Scholes said.

“His movement was brilliant but when he’s playing in that team there’s nobody prepared to pass to him. You’d be tearing your hair out.

“Ruud van Nistelrooy, Teddy Sherringham, Andy Cole couldn’t play in this team. You don’t get crosses in the box, midfielders looking for runs. I think it’s a very difficult team to be a centre forward in.”

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