Paul Scholes claims even Lionel Messi would struggle in the current Manchester United team and says the club are being laughed at by their rivals.
The former United and England midfielder has been a frequent and vocal critic of his old club in recent years and their current eighth place in the Premier League – five points adrift of any other member of the ‘big six’ – has done little to improve his view.
They had to watch Manchester City win last season’s title in record-breaking fashion and City are flying high at the top once more, alongside Liverpool and manager Jose Mourinho’s former club Chelsea.
Paul Pogba, centre left, and Alexis Sanchez have not produced their best form (Martin Rickett/PA)
Scholes continued: “I don’t think there’s a lack of quality there. I do think they miss a couple of real class players that other top teams seem to have – a link player between the midfield and the forwards and also a controlling midfield player.
“It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles. I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.
“I think (Mourinho) still is (a great manager), but 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 (David De Gea).”