Monday 26 September 2016

'The fans are still behind him' - Paul Scholes urges Man United board not to sack Louis van Gaal

Published 28/12/2015 | 17:50

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal

Paul Scholes has been one of Louis van Gaal’s most outspoken critics this season, but now he is urging Manchester United’s hierarchy to stand behind the beleaguered manager.

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Van Gaal headed into Monday night’s Premier League game with a question mark over his future at the club, with Scholes among those who has helped to piled the pressure on the Dutchman in recent months.

Yet the 11-time Premier League winner and outspoken BT Sport pundit has now emerged as an improbable supporter of Van Gaal at a moment when many United fans are calling for his exit from the club.

“I think performances throughout the season have quite simply not been good enough, but I don’t think he should go,” said Scholes. “You give him the chance to turn their fortunes around.”

Scholes was also critical of a supporter trying to sell Jose Mourinho scarves outside Old Trafford.

“I still think these fans are behind him,” said Scholes of Van Gaal. “I’m not quite sure what that clown (selling scarves) is doing. Let’s hope he can turn it around today.”

Meanwhile, a cheerful Van Gaal offered his pre-match thoughts to BT Sport, as he insisted his future at the club should not be the focus of attention for United fans right now.

“I don’t think it is very important for the fans if I am away or not,” stated Van Gaal. “It is always important how well we play. That is most important. Words are not saying anything. A win says much more.”

The reception Van Gaal received as he entered the Old Trafford arena was polite and encouraging, just 48 hours after he hinted he might quit as United manager following the club’s 2-0 defeat at Stoke.

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