Louis van Gaal has dismissed Paul Scholes’ criticism of his Manchester United side, insisting they do take risks and are “always entertaining”.
Scholes has said that he would not enjoy playing for United under Van Gaal, claiming there is “a lack of risk and creativity” within the team.
Van Gaal, however, insisted at his weekly press conference on Friday that he does have an attacking philosophy.
“I think Manchester United is always entertaining but when I read the papers I see that it is boring,” he said.
“You have a saying in England that sticks and stones can break my bones but names can never hurt me.”
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. I think when you are a legend you have to speak to the manager or his friend Ryan Giggs or (vice-chairman) Ed Woodward but not because he shall be paid by the BBC or Sky and then have to say something.”
United have scored the fewest goals among the top-six leading pack in the Premier League, but Van Gaal says it will 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. But 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.
Van Gaal also revealed he has injury problems for the Crystal Palace match with Memphis Depay, Antonio Valencia and James Wilson also out of the trip to London.
Depay and Wilson were both injured in the Middlesbrough game while Valencia hurt his foot in the Manchester derby last weekend.
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