Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has again slammed Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United team, claiming Lionel Messi would struggle under Mourinho at Manchester United.
“It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles,” Scholes told ESPN.
“I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.
“I hate going back and saying “when we played, we did this and we did that”, but I look at the current squad of players and I don’t think there’s a lack of quality there.
“I do think they miss a couple of real class players that other top teams seem to have – a link player and also a controlling midfield player.
“I’m thinking more of a Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard or David Silva. We have Jesse Lingard who, on his day, can be that type of player, but you never really know what his best position is.
“Juan Mata has those type of qualities but the manager plays him wide on the right-hand side and he’s never going to have the legs to play that position. I’ve been there, being put out wide, and you hate it. You want to get into the middle of the pitch where things are happening and pace isn’t as vital.
“The rest of the United team is OK. Martial and Rashford, two really talented players, they need to develop their confidence. It scares me that these really talented players will be sold and be brilliant for another club. I could see that happening with Martial.
“It’s difficult for him and Rashford to find some confidence because they come in for a game, they might not have the best game and then they’re out for three or four matches.
“If the team don’t play well then they’re brought back in for an hour, then left out. You never get consistency or a run of performances. That’s frustrating. They look like wingers and they’re getting slagged off by the manager.”
Scholes believes Manchester United are only good at making money at the moment and believes Manchester City and Liverpool will be laughing at United at the moment as we did at them years ago.
“It feels like they (United) have lost sight of the most important thing at a football club, which is what happens on the pitch,’ he said. ‘The club are great at making money but how long can that last when the team are playing so badly?
“It shouldn’t make any difference but it does. United now feels like Liverpool from years ago, like we’re making all the same mistakes as they did.
“We were watching Liverpool and City from afar and smirking as they changed managers and players every year, never getting anything right. It feels like we have turned into a Liverpool or a Man City.
“I feel like people at Liverpool and Man City are looking at us and laughing like we did at them many years ago, but if you look across the road, they’re doing everything right. They’ve brought the best manager in the world in. They’ve brought staff in to be responsible for signing players. They have a set way of playing every week.
“Whether Jose has a clear way in the future, I don’t know because the form is that bad. United are all over the place.
“You wonder why his side keep getting outplayed. People talk about the first 10 games of this season but last year it was the same. The reason we finished second last year was because of the goalkeeper. Good goalkeepers are not easy to find. David De Gea’s not been quite as good this season, not saving them all like did all last year.
“The back-four changes every week and it’s half understandable because when they do come in and play they make mistakes.”