The former midfield maestro did not hold back while assessing his former side’s season after they failed to take home the FA Cup, losing out to Chelsea.
Manchester United’s trophyless season was confirmed over the weekend as they succumbed in rather meek fashion to Chelsea in the FA Cup final in Wembley. It wasn’t exactly a classic by any means but over the 90 minutes, Conte’s side did enough to stop United’s momentum whenever it threated to pick up.
1-0 was the final scoreline and while the London side were probably the deserved winners overall, United went home once again frustrated and their fans let it be known that they were far from happy with how their domestic season finished up.
Second-place behind the hugely dominant Manchester City, on paper at least, is nothing to be ashamed of but the supposedly negative tactics of coach José Mourinho has had United’s following longing for the exciting attacking displays the club have been known for in the past.
Scholes used his position on the BT Sport post-match analysis team to outline his thoughts on his former-club’s performance this season and reserved some extra criticism for big-money signings Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
“Performance-wise, it hasn’t been great. Points-wise they were the second-best team in the league, but on the eye, no, not for me. There are two or three teams who you would rather watch.
“I think the first few games of next season are vital to them, so important for him [Mourinho]. He needs to get fans believing again, believing that they’re going to get close to City. They need a big player.
“Paul Pogba does not win you games on his own. Hazard does.
“Alexis Sanchez doesn’t he’s shown that. In the future, he may do. His performances have to improve, they can’t get any worse to be honest with you.”
Paul Scholes was a part of some of the greatest United squads we’ve ever seen and while it was always going to be tough to replicate the glory-days of the Fergie-era, it’s hard to argue with the former centre-mid on this one.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena