Paul Scholes has again criticised Manchester United’s lack of flair under Louis van Gaal and has leapt to the defence of Wayne Rooney.
Former United midfielder Scholes has previously voiced his concern over the direction in which Van Gaal is taking the Red Devils, and following the goalless draws with Manchester City and Middlesbrough, the club legend has again hit out at the lack of “risk and creativity” on show at Old Trafford.
In an interview with BBC Radio Manchester, Scholes said of Van Gaal’s philosophy: “The style is not something that Sir 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 its 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 also launched a staunch defence of former team-mate Rooney, who is enduring a miserable start to the season.
The United skipper has scored only two Premier League goals and was one of the players to miss a penalty in the Wednesday’s shootout defeat in the Capital One Cup.
On Rooney, Scholes said: “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 its a very difficult team to be a centre forward in.”