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Paul Scholes dismisses claims he wants Louis van Gaal to be sacked

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Paul Scholes’ recent criticism of Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has been nothing short of relentless.

So much so that some fans believe Scholes is undermining the Dutchman to help Ryan Giggs become the next Manchester United manager.

But, as you might expect, the former midfielder has dismissed those claims as “a load of b******s”.


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Scholes offered a withering assessment of United’s performance in last week’s 2-0 loss to Liverpool in the Europa League, telling BT Sport that the Red Devils were “a shambles”.

That loss, combined with United’s placing in the Premier League, has seen Van Gaal’s position come under fire.

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Giggs, his assistant, is seen as the rightful successor when the time comes for Van Gaal to leave. But Scholes has admitted that he isn’t keen to fast-track the 64-year-old’s dismissal.

When asked by fanzine United We Stand what he thought of supporters’ suggestions his criticism is part of a plan to get Giggs in the manager’s chair, the former England international said, per Manchester Evening News: “What a load of b******s. What I’ve done is nothing more than say what I think I’ve seen on a football pitch, whether that’s been good or bad.

“The thing with Van Gaal is that everything he has read and everything I say that gets printed, is only the negative stuff. There are times when I have tried to be positive.

“The best example I can think of was PSV away when we got beaten and didn’t play great but I felt that I could see something happening in the United way. By that I mean we had two wingers in - I think - Ashley Young and Memphis.

“But when only my negative comments are picked on, it looks worse than it actually is.”


No identity

Scholes highlighted the lack of identity in United’s display against Liverpool, admitting he had “no idea” what they were trying to achieve.

But he does know is when the fall begun: in 2013, when Sir Alex Ferguson retired.

He added: “It’s got to be more of a post-Ferguson thing. Okay, when Fergie left, it probably wasn't the best or most fluid of United teams, but they won the league by 10 points."

Poor signings

Van Gaal has been praised for his willingness to promote academy prospects to the first team, including Marcus Rashford, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Jesse Lingard.

Yet Scholes managed to find the negative to this, too.

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“The manager has taken a lot of credit giving these youngsters a chance, but they've been very lucky really with the amount of injuries United have had," he added.

"If it wasn't for that, most of these young lads wouldn't have been anywhere near the first team yet. If anything, it's probably shown how bad his signings have been that these young lads have come in and and have looked brilliant in comparison."

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