Paul Scholes gives his opinion on the imminent appointment of Jose Mourinho

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Many people have had their say on Jose Mourinho’s imminent appointment at Manchester United and now it’s the turn of club legend Paul Scholes.

Scholes was of one of Louis van Gaal’s biggest critics last season, often publicly airing his thoughts on the Dutchman.

One of Scholes’ biggest bugbears with Van Gaal in charge was the negative football the side played under him.


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United scored just 49 league goals - a stat that ultimately cost them as they missed out on a top-four finish on goal difference.

Following the club’s uninspiring 1-0 victory over Sheffield United in the FA Cup, Scholes went on a rant whilst a pundit for BT Sport.

Scholes' rants

"The players looked bored themselves,” he said.

“I think that's the way he [Van Gaal] likes to play football.

"We haven't seen anything different now for the last six months, that's the way this team plays football and he'll be happy with the 1-0 win.”

Despite FA Cup victory last weekend, Scholes reiterated his disappointment with United’s campaign.

“I think the big thing is the style of play we've seen from Manchester United over the last year. It's not been what you expect,” he said.

“At the start of every season, Manchester United's target is to win the league. Full stop.

"Ok, you're not going to do that all the time but you have to at least have a chance. To finish fifth, it's not good enough. To go out of the Champions League in a poor group, it's not good enough.

Van Gaal out, Mourinho in

With Van Gaal gone, Scholes will no doubt be pleased.

Mourinho is set to replace him but the Portuguese manager hasn’t always played high octane football himself during his career.

However, Scholes believes - and hopes - that Mourinho will have learned from Van Gaal’s lesson.

"The fans at Man United demand entertaining football, and I'm sure Mourinho will come and try and give it," Scholes told BBC Sport.

"I think we've seen [over] the last two years, did Van Gaal really get the ethos of the club?

”I think Mourinho will have watched that closely and will have seen what happened. He's a top manager, he's proven that before and hopefully he can do that again."

Giggs to stay?

With Mourinho arriving at Old Trafford, it could mean Scholes’ former teammate, Ryan Giggs, could be leaving.

Mourinho will bring in his own staff to the club, meaning Rui Faria will replace Giggs as assistant manager.

However, Scholes is holding out hope that the Welshman remains at the Theatre of Dreams.

"Hopefully he'll still be at the club, hopefully still working with the first team," he said.

"I think it's important that there's some form of continuity I suppose. He knows the club inside out, he's been there for nearly 30 years now, as a coach the last three years and hopefully he'll be there and be able to stay."

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