Scholes replies when asked if Mourinho can ‘recover’ Man United situation

The Man United legend wants to see Jose Mourinho thrive and succeed at his biggest challenge in management

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Paul Scholes is adamant that he would still love to see Jose Mourinho turn around Manchester United’s ailing fortunes at Old Trafford.

The Portuguese head coach has come under intense pressure in the current campaign following Manchester United’s difficult start to the Premier League season.

Mourinho’s side slumped to surprise losses to Brighton and West Ham to raise questions about the squad’s commitment and willingness to play under the former Real Madrid boss.

Tottenham Hotspur outplayed Manchester United in a resounding 3-0 victory at Old Trafford in their final league game in August to plunge the club into a deeper crisis.

To compound their misery, Mourinho’s side lost 8-7 on penalties to his former Chelsea FC vice captain Frank Lampard and his Championship side Derby at Old Trafford in the Carabao Cup third round.

Scholes has been an outspoken critic of Manchester United under Mourinho, claiming that the former Chelsea FC boss was “embarrassing” the club following their 0-0 draw with Valencia in the Champions League earlier this month.

Unsurprisingly, the Red Devils manager hasn’t been afraid to reply to Scholes through the British media in the past but the Portuguese coach refused to be drawn on his recent comments.

However, the former Manchester United midfielder remains optimistic that Mourinho can bounce back at the 20-time English champions despite his prior criticism of the manager.

Asked if Mourinho can recover the situation, Scholes told ESPN:

“It’s hard for me to say because I was never in a team, be it Man United or England, where I went out with the intention of getting a manager sacked. I never went out and thought ‘I’ll not try.’ I’m not saying that any Man United player has ever done that but you hear so much stuff now that you think it could be possible.

“I’d hate that if it’s true, if any player set out to play badly on purpose. I’ve had loads of bad games, but never on purpose.”

Scholes added: “The big thing with United is the effort and the attitude. When you looked at the West Ham game last week, it looked like the biggest sign of players not wanting to play for Jose, but I would not sack him. I hope the situation is retrievable.

“I’d like Jose to show people why he’s such a great coach because this is his biggest test in football.”

Manchester United finished in second place in the Premier League table last term to suggest the Red Devils were making progress under Mourinho.

However, the 20-time English champions signed just three players in the summer as Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant arrived at Old Trafford ahead of the new season.

Manchester United were 3-2 winners against Newcastle United last time out to end a winless run after Mourinho’s side came from 2-0 down to win 3-2.

Their next Premier League clash will see Mourinho’s men make the difficult trip to second-placed Chelsea FC on Saturday lunchtime.

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