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Scholes warns Manchester United will be behind for ‘four or five’ transfer windows

Paul Scholes has warned that it could take a good few years for Manchester United to be able even think about challenging the likes of Man City and Liverpool. 

It has been a torrid few seasons for Manchester United since Sir Alex Ferguson departed the club in 2013, with the club only finishing in the top four twice since the great man’s retirement in 2013.

The Red Devils have seemingly had no clear direction over the last six years, chopping and changing manager, as well as the type of players they have targetted, leaving them with an expensively assembled mishmash of a squad.

While Jose Mourinho was keen on signing big-name, proven and experienced players, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seemingly trying to go back to the clubs more traditional philosophy, recruiting young, promising British talent, while also trying to clear the deadwood left by former managers, Moyes, van Gaal, and Mourinho.

United brought in Harry Maguire, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Dan James this summer, while allowing Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Chris Smalling, Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia to depart, but Reds legend Paul Scholes has warned that it will take at least ‘four or five transfer windows’ for the Norwegian to be able to build the kind of squad required for a Premier League title charge.

“On that showing today you have to feel there is a good three or four transfer windows before they get to where they want to be,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.

“United are United. I think you almost have to write United off for the next two years, this team. I think until Ole Gunnar has cleared everything he wants out, there’s four or five transfer windows, United are going to be behind Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.”

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