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Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal: My Ajax side was attacking

Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has hit back at claims by Paul Scholes that his team play "boring" football, saying he made Ajax champions of Europe by using an attacking approach.

Former Manchester United midfielder Scholes, who made 718 appearances for the club, has criticised the manager's approach.

But Van Gaal, who has spent over £280 million at Old Trafford, defended himself by pointing out that his Ajax side, who won the Champions League in 1995, had done so in an entertaining way with creative players.

"We scouted [Jari] Litmanen, a Finnish player, who we bought for £10,000," Van Gaal said at the LMA annual management conference. "We also bought Finidi George. He was a Nigerian international. He was £3,000. I paid it by myself. And then we bought Marc Overmars.

"But the names that you do remember are [Clarence] Seedorf, [Patrick] Kluivert and [Michael] Reiziger.

"We won everything with very attacking football. I don't say it too much because otherwise Mr Scholes will be very angry!"

Scholes had argued that Van Gaal "has a problem with creative players."

United, with only 17 goals, are the lowest scorers in the Premier League's top seven, and Scholes said the Dutchman's teams lacked "creativity and risk."

"There's been talk of a philosophy, a process," he said. "For me, Manchester United don't need a philosophy. The fans want to see attacking football and goals -- that's the Manchester United way."

Van Gaal also told the LMA conference that management had changed hugely from when he started, explaining: "I'm from a time where you [the manager] did everything.

"Now I'm the manager and I have a sports science department, I have a scouting department, I have a medical department, I have assistant managers, I have assistant coaches.

"I don't do anything -- nothing! I delegate. I delegate, and I earn a lot of money."