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Paul Scholes criticises the amount of foreign players at Manchester United in scathing attack on the club

Published 29/10/2015 | 12:39

Paul Scholes and former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney
Paul Scholes and former Manchester United teammate Wayne Rooney

Paul Scholes has launched a scathing attack on the current Manchester United regime, claiming he would not like to play under Louis van Gaal and criticising the amount of foreign players in the underage set-up.

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Speaking on BBC Radio Manchester, Scholes also backed his former team-mate Wayne Rooney and insisted that Van Gaal has set the team up to defend with no emphasis on attack.

United embarrassingly limped out of the Capital One Cup last night when they were beaten by Middlesbrough on penalties.

"The style is not something that Alex Ferguson would have adhered to," said Scholes.

"I actually think the team is brilliantly coached to defend. I think the hardest thing to do is to coach scoring goals, creativity and to have players who are off the cuff.

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"It's a team you wouldn't want to play against and it's probably a team you wouldn't want to play in either.

"There's a lack of risk and creativity. It seems he doesn't want players to beat men and score goals - it's not a team I would have enjoyed playing in."

Wayne Rooney makes his way back to the centre circle asfter missing from the peanlty spot
Wayne Rooney makes his way back to the centre circle asfter missing from the peanlty spot

Rooney has been under fire for most of the season following a string of below-par performances but Scholes was full of praise for the England striker.

"I was at the Manchester derby and I watched him (Rooney) for the first 20 minutes," added Scholes.

"His movement was brilliant but when he's playing in that team there's nobody prepared to pass to him. You'd be tearing your hair out.

"Ruud van Nistelrooy, Teddy Sheringham, Andy Cole couldn't play in this team. You don't get crosses in the box, midfielders looking for runs. I think it's a very difficult team to be a centre forward in."

Former United legend Scholes didn't stop there as he delved into the underage set-up at Old Trafford.

"You look at Under 16s, Under 17s and it's absolutely riddled with foreign players," he said.

"What chance does that give to young English players? It gives them virtually no chance.

"You look at Chelsea and Arsenal's youth teams and you do well to spot an English player. It's really sad. There are hardly any players to play for us.

"It's nowhere near what it should be and you can see why we struggle."

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