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29th Oct 2015

Paul Scholes admits that he wouldn’t want to play in the current Manchester United team

Simon Lloyd

Since retiring (the second time) Paul Scholes has provided a few refreshingly honest assessments of his former club, Manchester United.

In the aftermath of their penalty shoot-out exit from the Capital One Cup at the hands of Middlesbrough, the former midfielder was at it again as he spoke to BBC Radio Manchester’s Mike Sweeney.

Discussing the current style of football played by Manchester United, Scholes lamented the lack of creativity in the team, admitting that he wouldn’t have enjoyed playing for them.


“The style of play is not something Sir Alex Ferguson would have adhered to,” Scholes said. “The team is brilliantly coached to defend and not give goals away, not give the ball away.

“I’m not saying it as a coach but the hardest thing to do is to coach scoring goals and being creative.

“I’d almost say that they’re a team that you wouldn’t want to play against – because they’re tight, they’re organised, they’re difficult to score goals against – and it’s probably a team you wouldn’t want to play in either because there’s a lack of creativity and a lack of risk in play.

“It seems he [Van Gaal] doesn’t want players to beat men, to score goals and it’s probably not a team I would’ve enjoyed playing in.”