Paul Scholes doesn’t believe Manchester United’s exit from the UEFA Champions League is a disaster because it wasn’t entirely unexpected.
Man United were dumped out of the competition by Wolfsburg in a dramatic 3-2 game over in Germany and ended what was a miserable qualifying campaign.
A 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven set-up the crunch clash against Wolfsburg and Scholes feels it is shocking that United didn’t qualify from their group.
“It doesn’t feel like a disaster, as I’m not surprised,” Scholes said on BT Sport.
“It’s in a group that”s shocking.
“Will these two teams get into the quarter finals? I don’t think so.
“That PSV game was the killer – United looked like an average team with average performances.”
I’d love to be able to disagree with Scholes on this one but I just can’t. I’m not surprised that United lost to Wolfsburg and went out, neither will the majority of fans and that in itself is a worrying indictment of the condition our football club is in at the moment.
That winning mentality isn’t there any more, that confidence to the point of arrogance in our own ability to win has been replaced by, well, I’m not sure what but it isn’t United as we know it.
Where the blame lies for this is a separate debate altogether but Scholes is right in that United could have and should have easily qualified from a group where they were heavy favourites, but instead failed to do so.