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Man United legend Paul Scholes denies anti-Louis van Gaal agenda

Paul Scholes has denied having an agenda against Manchester United under Louis van Gaal.

United legend Scholes, who played 713 games for the club, said negative comments he had made in his role as an analyst were being highlighted.

In an interview with the United We Stand fanzine, the former England midfielder was asked about allegations that his frequent criticism was part of a plan by Sir Alex Ferguson to have Ryan Giggs installed as the next manager.

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But Scholes said: "What I've always done is nothing more than say what I think I've seen on a football pitch, whether that's been good or bad.

"The thing with Van Gaal is that everything he has read, and everything I say that gets printed, is only the negative stuff.

"There are times when I have tried to be positive. The best example I can think of was PSV away when, we got beaten and didn't play great, but I felt I could see something happening in the United way. By that, I mean we had two wingers in.

"But when only my negative comments are picked on, it looks worse than it actually is.

"It's not the regime I've had a go at -- I've criticised the style of play."

Scholes, who condemned United's performance in the 2-0 Europa League defeat to Liverpool at Anfield on Thursday, has said West Ham are favourites in their FA Cup quarterfinal replay against United.

The two clubs drew 1-1 at Old Trafford on Sunday thanks to Anthony Martial's late equaliser.

Speaking on BT Sport, Scholes said: "I think it was important they got some kind of result [against West Ham], and they did that with a draw. I still have to make West Ham slight favourites going to their place."

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