‘Man United are afraid to be title contenders’— Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes has slammed Manchester’s United’s mentality, claiming the Red Devils are afraid to be title contenders this season.

United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, has often played things down a bit, to take pressure away from the team by saying his side are not on the same level as City and Liverpool, but Scholes believes the comments are a reflection of what the team sees in themselves.

Speaking on BT Sport recently, the former Man United midfielder said: “Five games ago, top of the league, going to Anfield [0-0 draw], and from then on, it’s been really disappointing.

“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did play it down a little bit as you’d probably expect and now he’s saying they’re going for it, they’re going to try and catch them. It’s difficult to say when you see what you see in front of your face.

“On a Saturday afternoon or Wednesday night, whatever it may be, and once they got to that position, they really lacked the authority to go on, lacked the belief, to go on and think they could win it.”

Scholes comments come after Roy Keane made a similar claim after Man United’s draw against Arsenal nearly a month ago.

The Irishman had said: “I’m scratching my head with United.

“The worry for me is that they almost lacked the belief that they could go and win the game. You are looking at Arsenal, who are missing a few players, and the game was there for the taking.

“United were getting the plaudits and they were sneaking up the table. They got in the habit of winning football matches, even if they weren’t playing great.

“But all of a sudden, the last three or four weeks, when they’ve got to the top, and people are saying ‘can you win the league? Can you compete with Man City?’.

“It looks as if the players have got almost frightened of the challenge, ‘I don’t think we’re ready for that yet’.”