Paul Scholes has insisted that Manchester United should not be considered as challengers for either the Premier League title or UEFA Champions League crown this season.
The former-midfielder believes that he can’t see evidence that Jose Mourinho’s side are improving, and so cannot envisage them winning either of the two biggest trophies in English club football.
Man United finished comfortable 3-0 winners in their opening Champions League fixture against Young Boys on Wednesday night, with Paul Pogba netting a brace in the first half.
That puts them in a good position to qualify from their group. Scholes, though, was dismissive of the Reds’ chances of silverware.
“I don’t think any of us would expect them to win the Premier League or the Champions League,” Scholes said as a pundit on BT Sport.
“It’s a work in progress. Do you see a team which is improving? I don’t think you do.”
Since Mourinho took over at United in 2016, there has been certain improvement. It was not instant and nor has the progress been quick enough or extensive enough.
United still look like a team finding their feet, five years after Sir Alex Ferguson retired. Scholes is right, though, while he can often be overly critical of the club and of Mourinho.
Mourinho’s ream are not serious Premier League or Champions League contenders. After more than two seasons in charge at Old Trafford, it’s not good enough.