Paul Scholes makes bold claim about Jose Mourinho and Man United

The Manchester United legend hasn't been impressed with the start to Jose Mourinho's reign at Old Trafford

Paul Scholes says Manchester United are lacking identity under Jose Mourinho.

The Red Devils adopted a conservative approach to Monday night’s trip to Anfield as the 20-time English champions managed to limit Liverpool to just three shots on target in a goalless draw at Anfield.

However, United’s stalemate leaves them in seventh place and six points adrift of Premier League leaders Manchester City ahead of Sunday’s trip to Mourinho’s former club Chelsea.

The 2013 Premier League champions have collected just five points from a possible 15 to quell talk of Mourinho leading the Red Devils to title glory in his first season at Old Trafford.

Former United midfielder Scholes criticised Mourinho’s failure to be ruthless when tasked with making difficult decisions about members of his Red Devils squad.

“He was not ruthless enough in the off-season,” Scholes told BBC Sport.

“There is so much confusion about who should play.

“What I saw of Mourinho at Chelsea, he had 13 or 14 players who played every week. He never rested players even in the League Cup or whatever competition he was in.

“With United it is still a settling-in period – it is going to take a bit of time for them to knit together and see what they are about.

“Is there an identity to the team yet? I don’t think there is.”

Mourinho’s side have beaten Southampton, Bournemouth, Hull City and defending champions Leicester City in their opening eight Premier League games.

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The Red Devils have battled to stalemates with Liverpool and Stoke City in recent weeks following defeats by Manchester City and Watford.

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