Paul Scholes
Paul Scholes was impressed by Manchester United at St James' ParkGetty Images

Paul Scholes was heartened by Manchester United's attack-minded display during their 3-3 draw against Newcastle United at St James' Park. The ex-United star has been a vocal critic of manager Louis van Gaal this season, but said their showing against the Magpies was "loads better".

Although the Red Devils failed to hold on to their lead to secure a much-needed win, Scholes thought the approach was more befitting a Manchester United side than some recent displays.

Asked for his thoughts on their performance in the high-scoring draw, Scholes told BT Sport: "Loads better. To go and watch Manchester United, whether it's home or away, is entertainment, it's goals – whether you concede goals or whether you can score goals.

"That was like watching a Manchester United team. Okay, they didn't win but they should have won, really."

United missed some glorious chances to secure the three points at St James' Park, but Scholes was still encouraged by what he saw from his former club.

"[Marouane] Fellaini's header – what a chance to make it 4-2 – and Jesse [Lingard] has had a great chance, and that's just what I expect," the Scholes said. "I expect positive play from Manchester United all the time, whether you're at home or away. Sometimes it's a little bit easier to do it away from home, actually, when a team comes out at you and really has a go like Newcastle did."

Scholes said Manchester United need to ensure they play similarly attractive football in front of their own fans at Old Trafford, where the crowd has recently become restless because of a lack of goalmouth action.

"Now they have to try and transfer this type of form to Old Trafford," explained Scholes, who spent his entire playing career at Manchester United.