Monday 10 December 2018

'Not good enough' - Paul Scholes gives his Manchester United verdict as he admits Jose Mourinho looks lonely

Jose Mourinho and (inset) Paul Scholes
Jose Mourinho and (inset) Paul Scholes
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paul Scholes declared Manchester United's performance in a 2-2 draw against Arsenal was 'not good enough', as Jose Mourinho's side twice came from behind to snatch a point at Old Trafford.

United legend Scholes has been an outspoken critic of United's performances in recent months and he didn't hold back once again as he gave his views to BT Sport.

"Not good enough," was the verdict from Scholes. "It wasn't a game of great quality and both defences had big mistakes in them. I thought Arsenal just about edged it, but I think United can move on from here.

"They played a lot of players there who have not had a lot of football and hopefully the team can come on from this.

"There was a lack of quality in this game and that is probably why we are talking about two teams in this game going for the top four rather than going for the big prize."

Scholes went on to suggest the departure of Mourinho's long-time assistant manager Rui Faria last summer is having an impact on his mood this season, after a series of surly appearances in the media.

"I think the assistant is a big one," stated Scholes. "He was with him for a long time, at every club with him, suddenly he's gone. Apparently he was very influential in what he did day to day. He's lost that and he does look a bit lonely at times. I think that's a big part of it."

Scholes also suggested Mourinho has a problem he needs to solve as he looks to extract the best from United's club record signing Paul Pogba, after he dropped the Frenchman to the bench for the visit of Arsenal.

Reports suggested the United manager gave Pogba a dressing down in front of his team-mates after last weekend's 2-2 draw at Southampton, as Scholes suggested France boss Didier Deschamps handled the midfielder better as he shone at last summer's World Cup finals.

"I look at Paul Pogba when he played in the World Cup and he was an integral member of that team," he added. "He wasn't the showboating Paul Pogba we've been used to seeing. He was an effective Paul Pogba. That comes from the manager laying down the law.

"He was dragged off in a game before the World Cup started in a friendly and that set the tone, 'you do what I ask you, or you ain't going to play'. His relationship with Deschamps, it seems to be a more respectful relationship. There's more of a closeness between them."

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