Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Quiet Man Is Loud in Praise for Mourinho

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Quiet Man Is Loud in Praise for Mourinho

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FOR a man who rarely spoke when he was a player, Paul Scholes' words have become the perfect barometer to measure United's regression and rehabilitation.

Scholes avoided microphones and reporters like the plague when the ginger magician was orchestrating the glory years under Sir Alex Ferguson.

Words from the midfielder were a rarity. He was often on his way home from Old Trafford after a match before journalists were even allowed down into the mixed zone areas for post game interviews.

But as a TV pundit, Scholes' observations have been gold dust.

They have reflected the mood of United's match-going fans.

Fergie's successor David Moyes felt Scholes "killed him" following some withering comments after the Reds' March 2014 3-0 home defeat in the Manchester derby.

Moyes was sacked a month later.

The midfielder thought United were too negative under the Scot.

But Scholes was only just warming up.

The flak really cranked up when Louis van Gaal's era kicked in.

Scholes was scathing. "It's a team you wouldn't want to play against and its probably a team you wouldn't want to play in either," he reflected.

"There's a lack of risk and creativity. It seems he (Van Gaal) doesn't want players to beat men and score goals - it's not a team I would have enjoyed playing in.

"The style is not something that Sir Alex Ferguson would have adhered to."

After a poor United were beaten in the Europa League first leg tie against Liverpool at Anfield last season Van Gaal again got it in the neck.

"There's a lack of fight. …

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