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Paul Scholes Savages Man United Over The Kind Of Club They Have Become

Paul Scholes Savages Man United Over The Kind Of Club They Have Become
By Gary Reilly

He's not the kind of individual to court publicity for the sake of it so when Paul Scholes goes off the proverbial deep end, fans inevitably listen. And while that may be something of a dramatic summary of what he's had to say today, it's unlikely Louis Van Gaal will thank him for shining a very strong light on the kind of team and club that Man United have become since Alex Ferguson's departure.

Speaking to BBC Radio, Scholes first addressed the style of play that Van Gaal has implemented in his time in charge and it's fair to say that he's not the biggest fan of it.

The style is not something that Alex Ferguson would have adhered to. 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.

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.

Scholes then turned his attention to Wayne Rooney and the seemingly constant criticism that he has been getting this season. Once again, Scholes was quick to lay the blame for that directly at Van Gaal and the manner in which he sets up his team.

I was at the Manchester derby and I watched him for the first 20 minutes. 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.

Scholes was speaking ahead of tonight's BBC documentary, Class of 92: Out of Their League, which takes a look at Salford City under the stewardship of Scholes and his fellow owners Gary Neville, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and Ryan Giggs.

In his ownership role, Scholes has had an opportunity to look closely at the running of a football club and, in that sense, there's one aspect where he believes Man United are failing particularly badly.

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

The English players for English clubs argument is nothing new but Scholes' rather forthright view on the situation is sure to cause that debate to kick into overdrive once again.

[Daily Mail]

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