Van Gaal insists his Man Utd team are entertaining

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Gaal not happy with accusations that his team are boring
Van Gaal not happy with accusations that his team are boring

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has insisted that his team are playing entertaining football, as he hit back at criticism from former United hero Paul Scholes of his philosophies.

Scholes suggested Van Gaal's United were being set up to defend and claimed his former boss Alex Ferguson would not have promoted such negative football.

"There's a lack of creativity and risk. It's probably not a team I'd have enjoyed playing in," Scholes told the BBC, with the United boss quick to reject those snipes.

"I think Manchester United is always entertaining but when I read the papers I see that it is boring," said Van Gaal.

"You have a saying in England that sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me.

"You play for the fans, therefore I say to you that the stadium is still full and that, in the Capital One Cup, is unbelievable. That is not normal, so they like the way we have played.

"In spite of the defeat, when we were going to our dressing room, they were applauding.

"When you go out of the cup, the next day is always like that. As manager of Manchester United you know you're going to have a hard time."

Asked if the next phase in United's development under him was to start taking risks, Van Gaal replied: "Now you are agreeing with the opinion of Paul Scholes. I don't agree with his opinion. I always take risks.

"But I don't want to defend myself as he is a legend and he has a lot of resonance, I hear."

United have scored the fewest goals among the top six in the Premier League, but Van Gaal said it would take three years to complete his transformation of the club.

He said: "It's a process, it takes three years, that's why I signed for three years.

"When Mr Scholes says I have to go, then I must go, but that is not his responsibility, it is that of Mr Woodward and the Glazers.

"I know that when I shall lose and lose and lose then I shall be finished, but I shall be doing everything with this club because these fans are unbelievable."

Van Gaal claimed there had been significant progress, with United achieving 20 points from their first 10 games compared to 13 last year and going a stage further in the Capital One Cup.

'We are improving a lot. We got played off the pitch by MK Dons last year and now we are almost in the quarter-finals," he added.

"Last year we had 13 points from 10 games and now we have 20 points from 10 games, and the next round of the Capital One Cup and we are in the Champions League. Last year it was not like that."