Paul Scholes has praised the way the current Manchester United team have been drilled under Louis van Gaal, but also criticised them for their lack of creativity. Most tellingly of all, the Old Trafford legend admitted he probably would not have enjoyed playing under the current manager.
Manchester United crashed out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday night in a shock penalty shootout defeat to Championship side Middlesbrough. 120 minutes of goalless action brought the Red Devils' lack of creativity to the fore.
Under Van Gaal's drilled tactics, United have managed to claw their way into fourth place in the Premier League table and a win against Manchester City would have sent them joint-top alongside Arsenal.
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But as it stands, Manchester United have failed to score in 235 minutes of football and Scholes believes it is their reluctance to take risks that has seen them struggle in front of goal.
And it is for that reason that Scholes believes he would not flourish under the stewardship of Van Gaal, who seems more interested in defensive stability than attacking flair.
Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester he added: "There's a lack of creativity and risk. It's a team now you wouldn't want to play against because they're tightly organised.
"But it seems he (Van Gaal) doesn't want players to beat men and it's probably not a team I'd have enjoyed playing in."
United have scored 15 goals in the Premier League so far this season – the fewest out of the top four clubs and nine less than top scorers Manchester City.
Van Gaal admitted he was concerned with his team's inability to score against Middlesbrough or the Citizens and a report in the Sun claims Wayne Rooney's struggle up front has reignited the Dutchman's interest in Tottenham star Harry Kane.
The England international was linked with a move to Old Trafford in the summer, but Tottenham's notoriously tough negotiator, Daniel Levy, put them off of a transfer bid.
However, with goals coming at a significant premium at the moment, Ed Woodward may throw a British record bid to land the 22-year-old.