Van Gaal responds to Scholes/Ferdinand criticism

Date published: Friday 11th March 2016 9:31

Louis van Gaal has responded to withering criticism from former Manchester United players Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand.

Van Gaal’s United side were comfortably beaten by Liverpool in the first leg of their Europa League round of 16 match on Thursday, with Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino scoring the goals.

David De Gea was the only player who emerged with credit for the hosts, producing a number of impressive saves to keep his side in the tie.

Speaking to BT Sport after the game, Scholes criticised a lack of “identity” from the current crop of players. Ferdinand said they deserve “abuse”.

Asked about the views of the former United players after the game, Van Gaal offered a dismissive response.

“I want to give a remark if it is important what Rio Ferdinand is giving,” the Dutchman said.¬†“You don’t give your opinion and you give Rio Ferdinand’s opinion. Very strong of you.

“You have used another person to answer the question.”

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