Ian Wright believes that Manchester United’s build-up play is so slow that Paul Scholes would still be their best player.
Scholes, now 41, has recently voiced his displeasure at the current United squad claiming that the players look “bored” due to Van Gaal’s negative tactics.
Wright agrees with Scholes’ comment and insists the midfielder, who played 718 times for the Red Devils before retiring in 2013, would still shine at Old Trafford.
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"Paul Scholes has been outspoken about his old side and I can't disagree," he told the Sun.
"If Scholesy pulled his boots on again, he'd still be the best player in the team because the build-up is so slow.”
Van Gaal has admitted that he also agrees with Scholes’ recent criticism, claiming that he too has been “bored” whilst watching his side this year.
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Ironic cheers could be heard at Old Trafford when Memphis Depay had a late shot against Sheffield United of League One in their FA Cup tie on Saturday. United fans were dismayed with the team’s lack of attacking play having only achieved two shots on target during the 90 minutes, one of which was the injury-time penalty from Wayne Rooney which saw them through to the next round.
The 0-0 scoreline at half-time in that match meant that Van Gaal’s side have now gone ten games at Old Trafford without scoring in the opening 45 minutes.
In fact, ‘The Theatre of Dreams’ has seen the least amount of goals this season out of the 92 stadiums in the English football league.
The Dutch manager has attempted to defend himself by insisting the fans were wrong to think that United could instantly return to the glory days of Sir Alex Ferguson but Wright thinks the fans at Old Trafford just want to be entertained.
“Van Gaal said supporters were deluded if they thought the days of domination would return but he missed the point,” the former Arsenal striker said.
“Fans want entertainment, a team which isn’t afraid to have a go with players busting a gut and trying things. They’re not naive enough to think they will whack everyone like they did under Alex Ferguson. Those days have gone.”
The 52-year old pundit went on to say that he believes that United are a long way away from being successful.
“There’s just no fear about facing United anymore. Under Van Gaal they simply don’t look a good team. There isn’t an aura about them.” Wright said.
Manchester United take on Newcastle United on Tuesday night at St. James’ Park as they hope to keep up their fight for a top four spot.