Manchester United look to have finally found their feet after a period of transition following the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013.
They currently sit joint-top of the Premier League with Manchester City, having progressed to the next round in the Carabao Cup and are topping the table in Group A of the Champions League.
As the Reds prepare to face CSKA Moscow on Wednesday night in the Champions League, ex-United midfielder Paul Scholes has praised the squad Jose Mourinho has assembled as they look to mount a serious title challenge.
Speaking to the Independent at the Premier Futsal tournament in Dubai, Scholes said:
“I remember when there was me and Roy [Keane], [Juan Sebastian] Veron, Nicky Butt and Ryan [Giggs] who played in central midfield. There was an abundance of good midfielders and I think now”
“You’ve got Herrera who is not getting a game, Michael Carrick who’s not getting a game. Pogba and Matic seem to be the first choice but Mourinho can mix and match; the midfield should be as good as any. They’ve got the same kind of squad”
The eleven-time Premier League winner has also singled out Paul Pogba for praise following his impressive form this season and hopes the hamstring injury currently keeping the Frenchman out will not be as serious as some suggest.
“Obviously before his injury you could see United were winning, and winning quite comfortably.”
“He’s playing well and hopefully his injury is not as serious as it could be. They have been talking possibly about an operation today but hopefully that’s not the case and he’ll be back soon.
Scholes has praised the signing of former Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and highlighted the Serbian’s addition in helping the real Pogba shine through.
“Last season was tough for him but there was always going to be a settling-in period. There were two or three other players along with him who took a little while to settle down.
“With Matic coming in this year and the other players a year down the road I think we’ll see the improvement.”
Man United are in Russia to face CSKA Moscow this evening, both sitting on three points after one game.
The Old Trafford side will then make the 1,600km journey home before facing the free-falling Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on Saturday hoping to take advantage of Chelsea and Manchester City playing each other that evening, where points will be dropped.
Damien McEvoy, Pundit Arena