Paul Scholes launches another attack against Louis van Gaal and Manchester United

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Another day, another barb aimed at Louis van Gaal from former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes.

The retired ace-turned-pundit tore in to Van Gaal after his side's woeful performance against Liverpool in the Europa League, which leaves the Red Devils on the brink of exiting the competition and in danger of missing out on Champions League qualification once more.

Goals from Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino ensured Liverpool take a 2-0 lead with them into the second leg at Old Trafford next week.

Scholes, who was working as a pundit for BT Sport, could barely hide his frustration with his former club over their lack of identity, as well as Van Gaal's decision to field young players in such a big match.

"It was shambolic," he fumed. "For 20 years Man United had an identity. You were going to play fast football, you were going to pass the ball forward, you were going to tackle, you were going to run. The last three years they've just gone away from that, something that worked.

"You look at the pitch tonight, what are they trying to do? I've got absolutely no idea. You know what I don't want to see after this, the players saying sorry. Stop talking in the media and on social media and start playing.

"Where is this club going at the minute? I'm not too sure, they're going the wrong way, there's no doubt about that."

It seems time hasn't been a healer for Scholes, and 24 hours later he's back at it, berating Van Gaal for his record as Manchester United boss. In an interview with Jamie Carragher for the Daily Mail, the 41-year-old claimed his former side lack any sort of character, and hit out at Marouane Fellaini as well.


"There were no standards," he said. "There was almost an acceptance of that performance. We wouldn't have stood for that. I'm not saying there would have been violence, but there would have been tackling. We've been here and lost 2-0 and 3-1 but at least there was a bit of fight. Could you imagine us not tackling?" 

"How is Juan Mata captain? He's a good player and he's had a good month. But to be captain of Manchester United? I don't think there are many real leaders in there. Chris Smalling? The goalkeeper? They, possibly, could be captain but are they real Manchester United captains?"

He added of Fellaini: "If you play Fellaini, you can only play one way," Scholes added. "You have to smash it to him. That isn't Manchester United. That should never, ever be Manchester United. But, where we are, it is. Van Gaal is almost saying we haven't got the midfield players to handle the ball, to handle the pressure of Liverpool."

Manchester United's best chance of making it into the Champions League now looks to be via the Premier League. However they are three points adrift of rivals Manchester City, who have a game in hand, in fourth place.

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