Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has said that his former side will finish behind Man City and Liverpool this season, as they are lacking ‘quality’.
Scholes was famous for letting his feet do the talking during his playing days, but has certainly found his voice since retiring, taking every opportunity to lay into whoever is the latest incumbent in the Manchester United managerial hot seat.
Jose Mourinho is the latest to take that throne, and while the former Chelsea boss led United to their best Premier League campaign, in terms of both points and league position last season, Scholes reckons that Liverpool have leapfrogged the Red Devils into second favourites for the title:
“When you look at Manchester City, possibly Liverpool, I don’t think they [United] have the quality of those two teams at the minute. Liverpool have made some really good signings. United finished above them last season,” said Scholes, speaking in Hong Kong.
“I just don’t see United getting closer to City. City are a really good side, great manager, some great players, a way of playing that they all know about and Manchester United seem to be not too sure what’s going on.
“You don’t really know the team, you don’t really know the players, you don’t know how they’re going to perform from one week to the next. So I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see them challenging for the league this year.”
United’s only major signing of the summer is midfielder Fred, with the Brazilian being joined by former Stoke City ‘keeper Lee Grant and Diogo Dalot, a promising, yet relatively unknown right-back from Porto.
Jose Mourinho is desperate to add a central defender to his ranks this summer, but with less than 24 hours until the transfer deadline, his interest in Toby Alderweireld, Jerome Boateng and Harry Maguire, is yet to bring any rewards.