Paul Scholes used his increasing media profile to criticise his old club once again.
The former Manchester United midfielder wrote in his Independent column:
‘It concerns me that expectation levels have slipped so far at my former club Manchester United that many supporters I know felt relieved at snatching a late draw with Chelsea and losing narrowly to Manchester City.’
‘This is Manchester United. It is simply not good enough to play well for 20 minutes and lose.’
‘Louis van Gaal talks about progress. I expected United to have a better record by this stage of the season.’
‘The problem in defence should have been addressed in the summer. It was not as if Van Gaal was unaware that Phil Jones, Smalling and Jonny Evans were susceptible to injuries.’
Scholes was regarded as a ‘quiet type’ during his playing days but is apparently unwilling to accept the failings of his old club in silence.
The midfield legend’s appearance on Sky Sports prior to the sacking of David Moyes last season was seen by many as Machiavellian, and van Gaal should be worried by these latest comments.