Manchester United FC not progressing under Van Gaal according to Scholes
Paul Scholes dismisses claims that Louis van Gaal is improving Manchester United
November 7th, 2014
He’s been given a bucketload of money to spend at Old Trafford but has Louis van Gaal actually improved his Manchester United team compared to the efforts of David Moyes last season?
The jury is out for many people and that includes Paul Scholes who reckons that the Red Devils have failed to produce any convincing performances this season as they look to challenge for a Premier League top four spot.
United are set to be thrashing it out with the likes of Liverpool, Tottenham, Everton, Arsenal and potentially Southampton for a Champions League spot, with Scholes unsure whether his former club have actually improved under LVG.
‘Louis van Gaal talks about progress. Well, I expected Manchester United to have a better record by this stage of the season,’ said Scholes in his column for the Evening Standard.
‘Under David Moyes last term my old club had 17 points from their first 10 games. This time, having spent £150million in the summer, they have 13 points from the same number.
‘And the problem in defence should have been addressed in the summer. It was not as if Van Gaal was unaware that Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans were susceptible to injuries. The great defenders – Steve Bruce, Gary Pallister, Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic – were injured very rarely in their prime. You need that reliability and consistency at centre-back.
‘It concerns me that expectation levels have slipped so far that many supporters I know felt relieved at snatching a late draw with Chelsea and losing narrowly to City. The scoreline against City might have been more respectable than last season but the performance in the first hour of the game was very poor indeed.
‘This is Manchester United. It is not simply good enough to play well for 20 minutes and lose.’