In a wide-ranging and hard-hitting interview with ESPN, Scholes’ comments about Barcelona superstar Messi are particularly damning of Mourinho’s United.

‘It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles,’ he said. ‘I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.

Martial and Rashford, two really talented players, they need to develop their confidence. It scares me that these really talented players will be sold and be brilliant for another club. I could see that happening with Martial.

‘It’s difficult for him and Rashford to find some confidence because they come in for a game, they might not have the best game and then they’re out for three or four matches.

‘If the team don’t play well then they’re brought back in for an hour, then left out. You never get consistency or a run of performances. That’s frustrating. They look like wingers and they’re getting slagged off by the manager.’

‘I feel like people at Liverpool and Man City are looking at us and laughing like we did at them many years ago, but if you look across the road, they’re doing everything right. They’ve brought the best manager in the world in. They’ve brought staff in to be responsible for signing players. They have a set way of playing every week.

‘Whether Jose has a clear way in the future, I don’t know because the form is that bad. United are all over the place.

‘You wonder why his side keep getting outplayed. People talk about the first 10 games of this season but last year it was the same. The reason we finished second last year was because of the goalkeeper. Good goalkeepers are not easy to find. David De Gea’s not been quite as good this season, not saving them all like did all last year.

‘The back-four changes every week and it’s half understandable because when they do come in and play they make mistakes.’



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