Paul Scholes called Manchester United a “poisonous mess” and urged his former club to try to steal Antonio Conte from Tottenham in the summer.
United have so far suffered a lousy campaign in the 2021-22 season, when Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paid for the team’s bad start with his work and his temporary substitute, Ralf Rangnick, also failed to get the best out of the mysterious group.
The Red Devils are now in real danger of finishing outside the top four and extending their trophy-free ride to five seasons, and Scholes cannot imagine that the situation will improve in the foreseeable future.
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What did Scholes say about Manchester United?
A former United midfielder, who played over 700 games for the club between 1993 and 2013, said on Webby and O’Neill’s YouTube channel: “It seems like a mess, I find it annoying.”
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Scholes was not finished and blamed the players for most of the current fights. “There has to be a point where you think, ‘Are these players good enough?'” Scholes said. “We know [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Paul] pogba, [Raphael] Varane, [Nemanja] Matic has a great experience and has won trophies, but the rest of the team has not shown that he is good enough to win anything.
“Some of these players now have a lot of matches.” Marcus Rashford, he has a lot of matches, will we ever see how these guys reach their potential? Will they ever be good enough to win trophies? [Harry] Maguire, is he good enough? [Victor] Lindelof, is he good enough? We keep saying how good they are, but they can’t produce what is required on the field. “
Scholes prefers Conte to Rangnick
Scholes also questioned Rangnick’s suitability for the top post at Old Trafford, with the former manager of RB Leipzig and Schalke being considered lacking experience at the highest level of the game.
“We have approached a man who is valued throughout Europe, especially by managers who speak very highly of him [Jurgen] Klopp a [Thomas] Tuchel, “he said of the German tactician.” But as a coach, he did not have much success. He won promotion in Germany and a bit with Schalke, but he was asked to come and run the biggest club in the world – it’s something I just can’t imagine. “
The former Red Devils midfielder is right. Rangnick had a successful 2010/11 season with Schalke, won the DFB-Pokal and reached the semifinals of the Champions League, but left in the summer due to fatigue. Together, he accepted the position of Sports Director at RB Leipzig and RB Salzburg, and three years later he became manager, winning the Bundesliga before soon vying for a place in the Champions League. While at both of these German stops he outperformed expectations, he was still not in a club that would require consistent high-level European success each year.
“As their manager, they should have the best,” Scholes continued on Manchester United. “They don’t have it, and I find it amazing. We should have one of the top five managers in the world. Now, Tuchel, [Pep] Guardiola and Klopp are the top three, but they are not available, there is no chance of getting them. “
That’s when Scholes began speculating about possibilities. “But then look at Antonio Conte.”
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Scholes sees Conte as the ideal man for United’s turnaround and thinks the Italian could be persuaded to leave the Spurs at the end of the season if he is not supported in the transfer market. Some people say it wasn’t good for United, but you’ve seen what he’s doing in Tottenham with a team that’s not nearly as good as United, “he added. They could probably still get him from Tottenham. Tottenham fans probably won’t like me when I say that.
“You see he’s already frustrated with his team of players asking for other things.” Conte could do something special here, he has a pedigree. Can we get it? I don’t know. “