Paul Scholes has ruined his chances of returning to Manchester United because of his opinion of current boss Louis van Gaal, according to the Mirror.
The former midfielder was scathing in his criticism of Van Gaal's 'negative' style, which has seen the Red Devils fail to score in any of their last three games.
Scholes, who retired from football in 2013, also laid the blame for Wayne Rooney's form at Van Gaal's door. England's all-time leading goal scorer has just one goal in his last seven appearances for Manchester United, and some fans have called for him to be dropped in place of Anthony Martial.
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Speaking to BBC Radio Manchester last week, Scholes said: “There’s a lack of creativity and risk at Manchester United. It’s a team now you wouldn’t want to play against because they’re tightly organised. But it seems he doesn’t want players to beat men and it’s probably not a team I’d have enjoyed playing in.”
Van Gaal hit back at Scholes days later, and insisted that the club legend was only speaking out because he was paid to do so as a pundit.
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"I do not agree with his opinion but I don't want to defend myself," the Dutch manager said. "I can't defend because he is a legend and has a lot of resonance, I hear. If you are a legend, you have to speak with the manager, or with his friend Ryan Giggs, or with Ed Woodward, but not because he is paid and then you have to say something."
However, while Van Gaal insists the comments didn't affect him, the Mirror report that he was less than impressed with Scholes and won't let him rejoin Manchester United's coaching staff.
Scholes and Giggs worked together in the final games of the 2013/14 season in the aftermath of David Moyes' departure, and Giggs is now working as Van Gaal's assistant with the aim of replacing the former Barcelona coach when his three-year contract expires.
The paper adds that any hopes the 40-year-old, who part owns Salford City with Giggs as well as fellow Manchester Untied legends Nicky Butt and the Neville brothers, of returning have been wrecked by the latest spat and that there's no future for him on the coaching staff with Van Gaal in place.
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