Manchester United head coach Louis van Gaal has hit back at Paul Scholes after the Reds legend on Thursday criticized the Old Trafford outfit’s current style of play.
Reacting to the former England international’s comments, Van Gaal in a press conference on Friday insisted he is not bothered by anything the club’s former players have to say and questioned Scholes’ motives for making the comment.
“You have an expression in England and it is, ‘Sticks and stones can break my bones, but names can never hurt me’. It is a fantastic expression.
“I do not agree with his opinion but I don’t want to defend myself. I can’t defend because he is a legend and has a lot of resonance, I hear. If you are a legend, you have to speak with the manager, or with his friend Ryan Giggs, or with Ed Woodward, but not because he is paid and then you have to say something.
“It has no effect on me whatsoever. He doesn’t have the responsibility, so he can say anything. But why is he saying something? Because of the benefit of the club, or the benefit of himself?
“[What he says] is not important. I know when we shall lose, and lose, and lose that I shall be finished. But I shall do everything for this club because I think that these fans are unbelievable.” Van Gaal is quoted as saying on Sky Sports.
Manchester United are currently fourth in the Premier League, two points off top spot after 10 games, while this time last season they were 10th in the table with 13 points.
Van Gaal insists the fans appreciate that the team is improving and are more than entertained with his style of football.