Paul Scholes tells Manchester United to settle for an EIGHTH-place finish (and they’re only sixth now!) As he says they are ‘unrecognizable’, leaving him ‘saddened’, in another damning verdict from a club legend
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has told his former club to settle for eighth in the Premier League and give potential new manager Erik ten Hag the time to rebuild – despite being sixth.
The Red Devils suffered another major blow in their push to finish in the Premier League’s top four with a heavy 4-0 defeat to leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday.
Jurgen Klopp’s side dominated from the off with Luis Diaz, Sadio Mane and a brace from Mohamed Salah sealing a comfortable victory.
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has told his former club to settle for eighth place
The Red Devils suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat to current leaders Liverpool at Anfield on Tuesday
The defeats means United now sit sixth in the league table with just five matches left this campaign – with both fourth and fifth place Tottenham and Arsenal having games in hand.
West Ham and Wolves are chasing behind in seventh and eighth as they head into the final stretch of the campaign – two and five points behind respectively.
His former club now looks set to miss out on the Champions League, but remain in the hunt for the Europa League, although either way it seems like the club could be heading for a major summer overhaul.
Ajax manager Erik ten Hag is set to be the first change at Old Trafford, as he edges closer to being appointed as the replacement for interim boss Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season.
Scholes, however, took to Instagram to urge his former side to forget about Europe in yet another damning verdict from the ex-midfielder and allow ten hag the time to get United back on track.
Scholes took to Instagram to urge his former side to forget about qualifying for Europe
The former midfielder also wants United to give Erik ten Hag the time he needs to rebuild
He posted to his followers: ‘Finish 8th and give this man the time he needs … saddened by what’s happening, unrecognisable football club.’
An eighth-place finish could be beneficial to United with no European distractions for ten Hag to encounter as he rebuilds the squad and implements his own philosophy next season.
It would hamper signings of course, but perhaps that would also take United away from signing big names, and actually building a project that could once again move them back to being a title contender in years to come.
It would also allow the United squad to be fresher without the mid-week trips abroad for their Premier League clashes, which could be a massive help if they want to get back into the top four.
Scholes post came on the back on his comments on Premier League Productions that United were ‘disgusting to watch’ as they were thrashed by Liverpool for the second time this campaign.
At Old Trafford they suffered a 5-0 loss, meaning the Reds hold a 9-0 aggregate over United from both games this season.
Liverpool hold a 9-0 aggregate over Manchester United from both games this season
He said: ‘I’ve lost a little bit of anger towards it (United’s poor season) now, I feel saddened, it’s not great to watch.
‘I’d like to see them give at least a little bit of effort, it looks like the last place they want to see.
‘They want their season over, they want it done, they want to move on, but unfortunately there’s no hiding place. You can not come to Anfield and be like that.
‘Them fans have traveled a long way, it’s disgusting to watch. But that’s where the club are at the minute.
‘They’ve got to give a little bit of effort, just for them fans coming to the ground.’
The result is just the latest poor result in a frustrating season for the club that finished second in the Premier League last season.