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Paul Scholes critical of Louis van Gaal after poor start

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Former Manchester United midfielder and legend Paul Scholes has slammed manager Louis van Gaal, claiming the club haven't progressed under his new regime. 

United sit 10th on the Premier League table with 13 points from 10 games; four less than what former manager David Moyes had at the same point last season. To put it further into perspective it is United's worst start to a league campaign since 1986. 

Busy summer

The Red Devils had one of the busiest summers in their history which saw them spend big sums on superstars like Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao and Luke Shaw among others.

Scholes has since questioned Van Gaal's approach to management at his new club, claiming the Dutchman looks a different man than what he was with the Dutch national team at this year's FIFA World Cup in Brazil. 

Scholes criticism

Writing in his London Evening Standard column, Scholes said: "It is difficult to figure out what Van Gaal is thinking during games. His demeanour doesn’t change throughout.

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"He looks a bit subdued. Certainly he appears very different to the man you saw on the touchline at the World Cup finals."

"He looks a bit subdued. Certainly he appears very different to the man you saw on the touchline at the World Cup finals"

Scholes further went on to lambast the Dutchman's inability to bring in quality defensive reinforcements in the summer, as United face a crisis at the back with summer arrival Marcos Rojo out for a lengthy period with a dislocated shoulder, Chris Smalling suspended after earning two yellow cards in the Manchester derby, and Phil Jones & Jonny Evans not hundred percent fit. 

Scholes, a member of the celebrated Class Of 92, believes Van Gaal should have expected that and should have used the summer transfer window more wisely.

"The problem in defence should have been addressed in the summer. It was not as if Van Gaal was unaware that Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans were susceptible to injuries," he said.

"It was not as if Van Gaal was unaware that Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans were susceptible to injuries"

The United legend believes the morale at Old Trafford is quite subdued and one player in particular, Argentinian superstar Angel Di Maria, doesn't look like the player he was at Real Madrid last season.

"He doesn’t seem to be in the same happy mood at United. It feels downbeat among the team," said Scholes.

United will host Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday afternoon as they look to secure three vital points and make their way up the table, having not won in their last three games. 

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Manchester United
Paul Scholes
Premier League
Louis van Gaal
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