Louis van Gaal (sort of) resisted the chance to hit back at Paul Scholes after the Manchester United legend laid into the Red Devils - and their under-fire manager - on live television following Saturday’s fortuitous 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in the FA Cup.
Scholes, frustrated by United’s below-par performance against their League One opponents, said Van Gaal looked bored and so did his players.
"There just seems to be an acceptance of bad performances," Scholes told BT Sport. "Every time you come to Old Trafford you see negative football."
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Scholes’ rant went viral and ahead of Tuesday night’s fixture against Newcastle United, Van Gaal was asked what he thought of the retired midfielder’s comments.
The veteran Dutch coach has reacted badly to comments made by Scholes in the past - and was keen to avoid creating more negative headlines on Monday.
Van Gaal responds to Scholes' comment
However, the fact Van Gaal was so dismissive of Scholes’ comments could, in itself, be interpreted as a dig towards the United legend.
"What do I have to do now? React to Paul Scholes?” he was quoted as saying by Press Association reporter Paul Hirst. “Do you want that?”
Of course, that’s precisely what every journalist sat in front of Van Gaal wanted. On this occasion, however, he wasn’t willing to play ball.
Van Gaal must secure three points v Newcastle
In order to avoid more criticism from the likes of Scholes, Van Gaal will need to ensure United secure all three points at St James’ Park on Tuesday.
The Red Devils haven’t won away from home in the Premier League since they beat Watford on November 21 and Newcastle will sense they have a real chance to secure their first victory over the Premier League giants since December 2013.
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