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Scholes hoping Solskjaer is given time, but admits Manchester United have ‘got to start winning games’

Paul Scholes is hopeful that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will be given time as Manchester United manager, but admits his former side must soon get back to winning ways following their disappointing start to the campaign.

United are currently languishing in the bottom half of the Premier League having won just twice in their opening eight league fixtures, Solskjaer having overseen the club’s worst start to a season in 30 years.

While Scholes says he is hopeful the club’s hierarchy will be patient with his former teammate, he admits that Solskjaer must quickly find a way to start winning games in order to avoid the pressure mounting in what has always been a results-driven business.

“They’ve got to start winning games,” Scholes told BBC Radio 5Live.

“It’s okay saying we’ll give Ole time but if he’s not getting the results that are needed in the meantime, then people are going to get impatient.

“I hope he is given time. He’s made three good signings, he needs time now to bring players in he believes are good enough to get United back up to the top.

“We all have to stand behind him and hope he gets it right.”

Having seen several first-team stars depart Old Trafford during the summer, Solskjaer has opted for youth as he bids to build a winning side at the club.

The Man Utd boss has handed opportunities to the likes of academy graduates Mason Greenwood, Tahith Chong, Angel Gomes and Brandon Williams, though Scholes admits we are yet to see whether the prospects are ‘good enough’ to deliver in the senior set-up.

“We just don’t know if they’re good enough yet,” he added.

“There’s obviously potential in them, a lot of them have had to step up to the plate and perform straight away, but we will just have to see if they’re good enough.

“You just have to hope that these players can come into a team with experience around them, which they don’t really seem to have, and can prove themselves well.”

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