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Paul Scholes accuses Jose Mourinho of 'not being ruthless enough' ahead of Anfield showdown


Paul Scholes and Jose Mourinho

Paul Scholes and Jose Mourinho

Paul Scholes and Jose Mourinho

Paul Scholes has accused manager Jose Mourinho of “not being ruthless enough” as he set about reshaping the squad he inherited at Manchester United, as he backed Liverpool to beat his old club at Anfield on Monday night.

Scholes was an outspoken critic of Mourinho’s predecessor Louis van Gaal and welcomed the managerial change at Old Trafford last summer, but he is now suggesting the Portuguese tactician should have been more clinical in removing unwanted players from his squad.

“He was not ruthless enough in the off-season,” Scholes told the BBC. “There is so much confusion about who should play.

“What I saw of Mourinho at Chelsea, he had 13 or 14 players who played every week. He never rested players even in the League Cup or whatever competition he was in.

“With United it is still a settling-in period. It is going to take a bit of time for them to knit together and see what they are about.

“Is there an identity to the team yet? I don't think there is.”

Scholes went on to back Liverpool to beat Mourinho’s United at Anfield, as he suggested Jurgen Klopp’s side are at a more advanced stage of their development.

“If you were betting, you would be betting on Liverpool,” added Scholes. “You can see Jurgen Klopp has stamped his way of playing football on the team.

“There is a definite way about them. You know how they are going to play: they are going to be quick; they are going to try to take the ball off you and try to score goals by flooding the box.

“I was worried about them defensively, but they have already played some of the big teams and they are a real threat.

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“The form they are in, they look as good as any team in the league.”

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