Paul Scholes has been one of Manchester United’s most vocal critics in recent weeks, but the criticism has generally been thoroughly deserved.
The Old Trafford legend complained that practically everything about Louis van Gaal’s side was “boring” following United’s dismal 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in the FA Cup at the weekend. For even the most loyal Van Gaal supporter, it would have been hard to disagree with that assessment.
However, it was an altogether different story on Tuesday night as Van Gaal’s side played out a thrilling 3-3 draw with Newcastle United at St James’ Park. (Scroll down this page to watch Scholes’s analysis).
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Scholes admitted he felt “loads better” - per BT Sport - about the current Manchester United team, despite the fact they conceded a late equaliser.
“To go and watch a Manchester United team, whether it’s home or away, it’s entertainment. It’s goals, whether you score or concede them, and tonight that was like watching a Manchester United team.”
Video: Scholes analyses Man United v Newcastle
He added: “Okay, they didn’t win, but they should have won really. Think of [Marouane] Fellaini’s header: what a chance to make it 4-2. Jesse [Lingard] had a great chance. That’s just what I expect, I expect positive play from Manchester United all the time - whether they’re at home or away.”
United took the lead from the penalty spot through Wayne Rooney on the tenth minute, before Lingard doubled the visitors’ advantage with just over five minutes to go before the break.
Georginio Wijnaldum pulled a goal back just before half-time, though, and Aleksandar Mitrovic put Newcastle back on level terms after the hosts were awarded a spot-kick in the 67th minute.
Man of the Match Wayne Rooney scored a superb goal to put United 3-2 up with 10 minutes left to play, but Paul Dummett rifled in a left-footed shot on the 90th minute to conclude the gripping encounter.
Next up for United: a trip to Anfield to face fierce rivals Liverpool on Sunday.
Manchester United fans: was this your team’s most exciting performance under Louis van Gaal? Have your say by leaving a comment below.