Manchester United Legend Paul Scholes has resorted to a hypothetical situation to state the magnitude of the turmoil of his former club and Premier League’s most successful team, following their disappointing form. Also Read - Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Counting on Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford to Boost Manchester United's Season Run on Premier League Return
Scholes stated that even the five-time Ballon’Dor (World’s best footballer of the year title) winner Lionel Messi cannot aid the struggling and current Manchester United team, and the Argentine would himself struggle to find his form in the Jose Mourinho led side. Also Read - 'Messi Match' in Kolkata Most Memorable: Rowan Arumughan
The Red Devils are languishing at the eighth position after a distorted start to their 2018-19 season, and the former England international has left no stone unturned to voice his critic publicly on the 20-time champions’ plight. Also Read - Looking Forward to The Competitions Again: Lionel Messi on La Liga Restart
Manchester United are five points behind the current top six position and Scholes says his former team has become a laughing stock for the rival teams. United’s derby rivals Manchester City won the previous campaign of the Premier League and are currently thriving in the first position followed by the likes of other arch-rivals Liverpool, Chelsea, and Arsenal.
Speaking to ESPN, Scholes said, “That 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,” he said.
There has been no shortage of resources spent to vacuum quality players to Old Trafford, since his arrival in 2016, manager Jose Mourinho has spent above 350 million pounds. However, Mourinho publicly stated his disappointment over the lack of spending last summer despite securing the expensive signings of Diego Dalot, Fred and Lee Grant.
The club also signed Alexis Sanches from Arsenal in January 2018, making him the highest -paid player in Premier League history, but the Chilean has struggled to find his form which has added to the misery at Old Trafford.
“I don’t think there’s a lack of quality there,” he added.
“I do think they miss a couple of real class players that other top teams seem to have — a link player between the midfield and the forwards and also a controlling midfield player.
“It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles. I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.
“I think (Mourinho) still is (a great manager), but you wonder why his side keeps getting outplayed,” he concluded.
(Quotes Credit- AFP, ESPN)