Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal has hit out at Paul Scholes after the club legend claimed he would not enjoy playing in the Dutchman’s dour side.
During his press conference ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash against Crystal Palace, Van Gaal said: “You have an expression. Sticks and stones will break my bones. Names won’t hurt me.
“He [Scholes] doesn’t have the responsibility. Is he saying this for the benefit for the club or benefit of himself
“If Mr Scholes thinks I go….Mr Scholes is not the responsible man. That is the Glazers and Mr Woodward.
“I always take risks. I don’t agree with his opinion. He has a lot of resonance [being sarcastic]. He should speak with the manager, or his friend Ryan Giggs, or Ed Woodward not….because he shall be paid by the BBC or Sky.”
United were knocked out of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday by Championship side Middlesbrough on penalties after 120 minutes of goalless football. That meant 210 minutes without a goal for United at Old Trafford after the 0-0 draw with Manchester City in the league on Sunday.
But Van Gaal insists that his side are on the right track.
He said: “When we shall lose and lose and lose I shall be finished. I know that.
“But we are improving. We now have 20 points from 10 games. Last year it was 13. We are in the Champions League. Last year we had 15 injuries. This year we have three. It can’t be done in one year, it takes three years.
Meanwhile, Van Gaal revealed that Memphis Depay and James Wilson are doubts for the trip to Palace, while Antonio Valencia and Paddy McNair are ruled out.