“What are you saving Rashford for?” Scholes said on BT Sport. “It’s not like you’re saving yourself for anything. You’ve got three games of your season.
“Maybe it’s just that he’s not interested in scoring goals.”
Van Gaal offered his response below.
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) May 7, 2016
Marcus Rashford gave supporters reason to celebrate with two goals on his Premier League debut in a 3-2 win over Arsenal in 2016, but Scholes wasn’t taken in by the positivity, however, saying that the Red Devils’ – and Arsenal’s – expectation had dropped severely.
“That can’t be Man United.”
— Gurminder (@gurminder) March 10, 2016
Attack, attack, attack
Before United’s Champions League match against Benfica in 2017, Scholes claimed Jose Mourinho was doing the best with what he had, suggesting the squad was not up to United’s standard.
“After four years there’s a point where philosophy has got to go out the window.”
"We know we'd all like to see attacking football. I don't think this Man Utd team is capable of that."
Paul Scholes on Jose Mourinho 🎙 pic.twitter.com/4ti2zzhvdW
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 31, 2017
Are you not entertained, Scholes?
Scholes reminded us that football is not just a results game. It should be played in an entertaining way, too.
Jose Mourinho’s style brought up this debate, with Scholes’ comments said right before United’s high-octane 4-2 win over Watford last season.
“You have to entertain fans as well.”
😤 Players can't enjoy it
🙅♂️ No partnerships
🙃 All over the place
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 28, 2017
The dour Premier League
As is clear from this extract from his co-authored book ‘Journey Back to the Heart of the Game’, Scholes finds the Premier League quite dull.
“The best players are in Spain or at Bayern Munich and Juventus. We’re linked with big players – Gareth Bale is a top player – but we don’t get them now. Not any more. You never see a Lionel Messi coming over here, you never see a Neymar in the Premier League.
“I probably do enjoy watching Salford more.”
Serie A>Premier League
Scholes feels the Premier League is behind the other top European leagues in terms of talent and spectacle.
“Germany has better teams. In Italy probably the strength in depth isn’t great. They talk about Italy being a bad league, but I don’t think English people look at it. They say it’s boring. No chance,” he told The Guardian.
“The Juventus team would beat any team in this league. They came up to Manchester City and beat them easy. But we have this interpretation of the Italian league that it’s rubbish, that they only try to defend. No chance.”
The France international won the World Cup this summer, and while at Juventus, he was integral to the side. He won the league title in each of the four years he was there.
Things are different at United. Here, Scholes has a groan, asking where Pogba’s form has gone, after United’s 0-0 draw at home to Southampton in the Premier League in 2017,
“Where’s the Paul Pogba from Juventus?”
Mourinho has gone from relative saviour to polarising figure at United. Scholes has chosen his side and made his feelings known on the Portuguese boss.
“Every year that Manchester United don’t win something it’s a disaster.”
"If Guardiola was manager of @ManUtd he'd hate what he was seeing."
— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) July 23, 2018
Man Utd’s Champions League chances
Scholes isn’t convinced by United’s European chances this season. He’s probably not the only one.
“Do you see a team that’s improving?”
"Do you see a team that's improving? I don't think so." 🙄
Paul Scholes can't see Man Utd winning the Premier League or Champions League this season… pic.twitter.com/Ro9kBtKZAS
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2018
Jose Mourinho (Again)
It’s gone from bad to worse for Mourinho at Man United and Scholes feels the manager’s time at Old Trafford should be up now.
"I'm surprised that he survived after Saturday"
"I think he's embarrassing the club."
Paul Scholes is pulling no punches tonight 💥 pic.twitter.com/0vmOYhDqCk
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) October 2, 2018