Wednesday 21 February 2018

Manchester United fans won't be too happy with who Paul Scholes is backing to be Premier League champions

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, pictured left, with Jose Mourinho
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, pictured left, with Jose Mourinho
Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes . Photo: Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has made a claim that may alarm supporters of his former club - after he admitted Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool could finish this season as Premier League champions.

Klopp’s revamped Reds have started the Premier League season in sparkling form, scoring goals aplenty as they have picked up big wins against Arsenal, Chelsea, Leicester and Hull.

Those wins have inspired bookies to install Liverpool as second favourites to win the title behind early pace-setters Manchester City, with Scholes among those apparently won over by their early season surge.

“Liverpool look like a team to me that can win the league,” Scholes told BT Sport, as he looked forward to United’s trip to Anfield mid-way through next month.

“It's a tough task for United to go there and get something out of the game. They’d take a draw now.

“I was little bit worried about Liverpool defensive, but you have to say the attacking qualities they are showing at the moment means they look like scoring against anybody.”

He then back-tracked a little as he then insisted he “wasn’t backing Liverpool to win the league”, but it is clear that Scholes has been impressed by their early season surge of form.

Scholes also offered his views on the current predicament of United captain Wayne Rooney, was started the Europa League tie against Zorya Luhansk on Thursday night.

Former United captain Roy Keane has suggested Rooney could still be influential at United despite his relegation to the substitutes’ bench, with Scholes echoing those sentiments.

“Wayne still has a big role to play in this team,” added Scholes. “He has been an unbelievable player at this football club. He is just not in great form at the minute and the time is right for him not to be in the team.

“Wayne is a fighter. He won’t just sit back and let this happen. He will fight to get back into the team.

“When them big games comes around for United against Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea in the next few weeks, I’m certain we will see Wayne back in the team.”

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