Louis van Gaal is unfazed by barrage of criticism as legend Paul Scholes takes a pop

Louis van Gaal
Louis van Gaal

Louis van Gaal insists neither he nor his Manchester United players will lose any sleep over the latest barrage of criticism from Paul Scholes.

Scholes won 20 major trophies at United under Sir Alex Ferguson, but it is safe to say he is less than impressed by the man who is currently in charge at Old Trafford.

The former England midfielder said some of United’s play under the Dutchman had been “miserable” and complained that strikers Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao looked like “strangers” in the 3-1 win against Burnley on Wednesday. Scholes also criticised Van Gaal for playing Wayne Rooney in midfield.

The 40-year-old is not the only person to criticise United of late.

Falcao’s agent Jorge Mendes said United would not be struggling if Ferguson was in charge, Sam Allardyce branded Van Gaal’s team “long-ball United” and even veteran Preston striker Kevin Davies mocked the former Bayern Munich coach ahead of Monday’s FA Cup tie with the Red Devils at Deepdale, claiming the squad looked unhappy.

“I don’t worry about it, it’s not so interesting I think because he (Scholes) is one of the fans, I hope, and he can criticise,” the United boss said.

“Fans can criticise, and that’s not a problem.

“I am used to it and I think all the players are used to it because they are professional football players.

“Maybe some players are affected, but normally most of the time it does not affect me or the players.”

Although United returned to winning ways this week after the drab draw at West Ham last Sunday, a few fans made their displeasure at the team’s style of play known by whistling at the players in the first half on Wednesday.

Van Gaal admitted he was concerned about the negativity from the supporters and he hopes to bring a smile back to their faces by recording a comprehensive win at League One Preston.

“I was disappointed we played that way,” Van Gaal said.

“Nowadays the result is very important but I think the playing style is also important because you play for the fans. Manchester United has a lot of fans, so you have to play for them.

“Next match we can show that we are still in our process and positive.”