Louis van Gaal sick of Paul Scholes' criticism of Manchester United's playing style

Scholes has been very critical of Louis van Gaal's reign
Scholes has been very critical of Louis van Gaal's reign

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has suggested that former midfielder Paul Scholes should be "more positive" in his comments about the club.

Scholes has been critical of the tactics used under Van Gaal, labelling the Red Devils "boring", and the Dutchman believes the 41-year-old's words could have had an adverse effect.

Van Gaal said in the Independent: "What Scholes is thinking, he has to think it. Every human being can give his opinion. I don't bother about that - I think it is good.

"But my problem is when you create an atmosphere, a very negative atmosphere for somebody, so maybe he should be more positive."

United lie fifth in the Barclays Premier League table, six points adrift of the top four, but their performances have led to speculation that former Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has been lined up for the Old Trafford hotseat.

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