Manchester United legend Paul Scholes said the team look gloomy and have little chance of winning this season’s Premier League, adding that manager Jose Mourinho needs to quickly turn their fortunes around.
Scholes said “I wouldn’t be happy either” playing Mourinho’s pragmatic brand of football, in comments that threaten to reignite his feud with the Portuguese manager.
United begin their campaign against Leicester City on Friday, after a downbeat pre-season when they lost 4-1 to Liverpool and Mourinho voiced his frustration over a lack of new signings.
“It doesn’t really look like the players enjoy… playing the way they do,” Scholes told AFP in Hong Kong, where he was promoting 433 Token, a blockchain-based system aimed at nurturing young talent.
“If I was there playing… in that style of play, I wouldn’t be happy either,” said Scholes, who won 11 titles and two European cups at United under Alex Ferguson.
“As a manager, you want your team to entertain… That very rarely happens at United these days.”
Scholes said Mou, whose sour demeanour in recent weeks has triggered speculation over his future, now finds himself in a “difficult position”.
“If his team don’t do well, if they’re not playing well, they’re not entertaining people, not challenging for the league, then he possibly could go, yeah,” Scholes told reporters.
“But he’s got great experience, he’s been at top clubs. He’s been in difficult positions before. He’s in a difficult position now, I think, but he needs to try and find a way out of it.
“It just doesn’t look like United are in the right place at the minute to challenge for the league.”