Saturday 24 March 2018

Paul Scholes makes bold prediction after Manchester United's latest victory

Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates today
Manchester United's Wayne Rooney celebrates today
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paul Scholes has backed Manchester United to emerge as Premier League title contenders this season - if they beat Liverpool at Old Trafford next weekend.

United legend Scholes was critical of Jose Mourinho in his opening weeks as the club’s manager, as he suggested watching his former club in action had become ‘depressing’.

Yet the 11-time Premier League title winner with United was hugely impressed as his former club thumped Reading 4-0 in the FA Cup on Saturday to secure an eighth successive win in all competitions.

Now he is predicting Mourinho’s men can continue their momentum with a surge up the Premier League table in the second half of the season, as he suggested next weekend’s game against Liverpool could be pivotal to their hopes.

“Mourinho had a big job on his hands when he came in here and is probably ahead of schedule in turning it around,” Scholes told BT Sport.

“Now they look like a really good team. They have their confidence back. He has added some real quality in Zlatan (Ibrahimovic) and (Paul) Pogba, with (Henrikh) Mkhitaryan starting to look like he can be a Manchester United player now.

“I think the future is great. They have a big game against Liverpool next week and I think if United win that, they will be back in the title race. I really think so.

“Chelsea have had a great run, but I don’t think they are that convincing. Man City are having their own problems and if United beat Liverpool, I think they are right back in it.”

Scholes also hailed the latest record breaking moment for United captain Wayne Rooney, as his former team-mate equaled Bobby Charlton’s all-time United scoring record with his 249th goal in the win against Reading.

“A great achievement, he has been a sensational player for this football club,” he added.

“He has won many trophies and the thing that impresses me even though he has been here for so long is that his hunger and desire is still there.

“His all-round game was brilliant (against Reading) and lets hope he beats that record against Liverpool. That would be nice wouldn’t it!”

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