Sunday 25 February 2018

Paul Scholes should be more positive, says Louis Van Gaal

Paul Scholes plays in a charity match for Manchester United Legends. Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images.
Paul Scholes plays in a charity match for Manchester United Legends. Photo: Dave Thompson/Getty Images.

Paul Scholes' comments about Manchester United's "boring" football, which coincided with the team's worst run of form, hit a nerve in the stands and within the club.

However, despite the former Old Trafford midfielder's close friendship with assistant manager Ryan Giggs, Van Gaal insists he has no reason to ask his No 2 to step in as a peacemaker.

"No, I don't think that I have to give Ryan stress in his friendship with Scholes," he says. "I have managed all of my career, so it would not be good or honest of me to ask Ryan to say something.

"What Scholes (below) is thinking, he has to think it. Every human being can give his opinion. I don't bother about that, I think it is good. But my problem is when you create an atmosphere, a very negative atmosphere for somebody. Maybe he should be more positive."

Until United reclaim their position as English football's leading power, however, the criticism and scrutiny will rain down on every occupant of the Old Trafford manager's seat.

One defeat in eight games suggests a corner has been turned, with the performance at Chelsea also a reason for optimism, but as the name of Jose Mourinho continues to swirl around the club, Van Gaal remains focused on the football, admitting that his players have one crucial lesson to learn if they are to achieve anything this season.

"We have to finish games off," he says. "We have to develop and improve further because we played very good at Chelsea, but did not finish the game off.

"Already this year, we lost goals in the last minute against Newcastle, Southampton and Chelsea. It has cost us five points, so we must learn how to finish games."

If United learn that, gain points and climb the table, the more light-hearted Van Gaal, who is convinced the sun is ready to shine on Old Trafford again, might just appear more often in front of the cameras as well as behind them.

Irish Independent

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