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May 22, 2014

Scholes criticises United chief

Paul Scholes has admitted he does not expect to be part of Louis van Gaal's coaching team at Manchester United next season and launched a scathing attack on executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

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Scholes, 39, made 718 appearances for United during his trophy-laden career at the club before returning to Old Trafford to assist interim manager Ryan Giggs for the final four games of the season.

But while Van Gaal has been confirmed as manager with Giggs as his assistant, Scholes said he has had no contact with Woodward, who hired the Dutchman.

And he blamed him for David Moyes' sacking, saying the Scot was not given enough time and was undermined by United's failures in the transfer market last summer.

Scholes, who warned that any further difficulties in signing could cost United dearly again next season, wrote in his blog for Paddy Power: "I've not spoken to Edward Woodward. I came back for Ryan Giggs for the last few games of last season to try to help out but I'm not waiting for a phone call and don't expect to be at United next season.

"David Moyes took a lot of stick but I believe he's a top manager. I'd question if 10 months was enough time. Edward Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he's good enough at his job."

United missed out on transfer targets like Cesc Fabregas, Sami Khedira and Daniele De Rossi last summer, when their only major recruit was Marouane Fellaini, and Scholes believes Woodward was at fault.

"He has to bring the players in that the new manager wants," he said. "It's obvious that last year he didn't manage to do that. If he doesn't we are not going to get anywhere near the top."

Scholes told former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich manager Van Gaal that it will take a huge effort to make United champions again.

"He's been at the biggest clubs in the world but he has a major job on his hands at Man United," he said. "It's a massive task and there's a big gap to fill to catch Man City, Chelsea and Liverpool next season. United are a long way behind. If Van Gaal gets them to the Champions League, it'll be a start."

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