Manchester United, once the biggest force in the British top tier, are nowhere close to their best and this is going to be their consecutive fourth season when things are not going smooth. And now, club legend Paul Scholes has shared his views on the current condition of the Premier League giants.
Following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson, the charge of Manchester United went to David Moyes and the former Everton manager never could get the best out of the United players. The Red Devils finished seventh that season, their worst ever since the inception of the Premier League, and Moyes was sacked as a consequence of some horrendous performances from the team.
Louis Van Gaal was appointed after that and the condition did not improve much. Manchester United finished fourth and fifth in 2014/15 and 2015/16 respectively and could only win an FA Cup during his tenure. This again brought an untimely end to yet another United boss and the responsibilities are now at the hands of Jose Mourinho.
However, the situation is not at all good this season. Although Manchester United started well, winning the first four competitive games under Mourinho, they have fallen behind ever since and have lost league games against Manchester City, Watford and Chelsea. The Blues, in fact, thrashed the Red Devils by a humiliating scoreline of 4-0. In the Europa League too, United lost their first game against Feyenoord, and yesterday night they suffered yet another defeat at the hands of Fenerbahce, a side they defeated 4-1 last time.
After yesterday’s 1-2 loss, former Manchester United star Paul Scholes, while talking to BT Sport, admitted that it has been a painful three years for the club and the next 18 months to two years could be very similar. He thinks that Jose Mourinho deserves some time, at least three or four transfer windows, before the team can rise to the zenith once again.
Scholes said, “I think this team in two years will be unrecognisable from what it is now. But, whatever we can do in this two years has to be a bonus. Whether they can win the League Cup whether they can win the FA Cup.”
Talking about the chances in Europa or Premier League, he further commented, “Can they win this competition [the Europa League]? It doesn’t look like it. And it has shown in the last three years that they are not capable of winning the league with this squad. There’s three or four better teams in the Premier League. We know this team at this moment in time isn’t capable of challenging for the league.”
He thinks that Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City are definitely better teams and his former club should be happy with a top four finish.
The veteran midfielder was also asked what might be going wrong with United at the moment. He assessed the situation right away, “United have two big problems at the minute. They’re really struggling to score goals and to win games of football with Blind and Rojo at centre-half they almost need to score three goals because they look like they’re going to give goals away all the time.
“They don’t sense danger, they’ve got no pace, they don’t get physical against people. And it’s a worry because at the other end they really don’t look like scoring goals. I know Mourinho doesn’t have much choice at the minute with centre-halves because of the injuries he’s got but you have to feel that going into Sunday [against Swansea], United will have to score three goals to win the game,” he further added.
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