NEWCASTLE, Sporting Alert – All eyes will be on Manchester United on Tuesday when they take on Newcastle United in an English Premier League fixture on the road.
The Red Devils were criticized and labelled as “boring” by club icon Paul Scholes, following the unimpressive 1-0 win over Sheffield United at the weekend, and many will be looking to see how they will react to those comments.
“We haven’t seen anything different now for the last six months, that’s the way this team plays football and he’ll [Louis van Gaal] be happy with the 1-0 win, Scholes said on BT Sport.
“We don’t see anything else, and he constantly comes out and says he’s happy with his team, he’s happy with the way they’ve played.
“But they didn’t create a chance, had to win a game against a League One side with a penalty in the 94th minute. In my eyes it’s not good enough.”
Scholes added: “You’ve just seen 90 minutes of boring, defensive….I’ve tried to defend this team now for the last two or three weeks, it’s getting more and more difficult to do it because every time you come to Old Trafford this is what you see; negative football.”
In their last English Premier League outing, Manchester United defeated Swansea City 2-1 with Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial getting on the scoresheet.
They remain three-points outside the top four and nine further behind leaders Arsenal and the club supporters want the team to start producing better results and go back to start playing a more attractive style of football.
Club supporters believe under Louis van Gaal, despite spending more than £200m — has been going backward
Newcastle United, meanwhile, have dropped their last four games overall — losing 1-0 to Everton, West Brom and Arsenal in the EPL, while going down to Watford in the FA Cup third round via the same scoreline.
The Toon, who will host today’s game at St James’ Park, are sitting 18th in the English Premier League standings, but a win would lift them over Swansea City and out of the relegation zone for the time being.
German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger has been ruled out of the game for Manchester United with the knee injury he sustained in Saturday’s FA Cup win, but Michael Carrick, Morgan Schneiderlin and Ashley Young could return to the squad after sitting out the last game.
For Newcastle United, captain Fabricio Coloccini remains doubtful with a hamstring problem, fellow defender Kevin Mbabu (thigh), midfielder Jack Colback (hamstring) and fellow midfielder Florian Thauvin (ankle) all also injury worries for manager Steve McClaren.
Elsewhere in the English Premier League on Tuesday, Bournemouth will play host to West Ham United at Vitality Stadium, while Aston Villa and Crystal Palace battle at Villa Park.
England Premier League Fixtures
Tuesday, January 12(ET)
2:45pm Aston Villa vs Crystal Palace – NBC Sports Live Extra Live
2:45pm AFC Bournemouth vs West Ham United – NBC Sports Live Extra Live
2:45pm Newcastle United vs Manchester United – NBC Sports Live Extra Live