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Former United midfielder can't see them challenging for the league

Manchester United’s former players are never shy when it comes to sharing their opinions on the state of the club these days, and Paul Scholes has offered his opinion on how the team will approach this new league season. Unfortunately, the midfielder is far-from positive or optimistic ahead of the upcoming campaign, and thinks that United will struggle to challenge for the Premier League title this season.

“When you look at Manchester City, possibly Liverpool, I don’t think they [United] have the quality of those two teams at the minute. Liverpool have made some really good signings. United finished above them last season,” said Scholes to Sky Sports.

“I just don’t see United getting closer to City. City are a really good side, great manager, some great players, a way of playing that they all know about and Manchester United seem to be not too sure what’s going on. You don’t really know the team, you don’t really know the players, you don’t know how they’re going to perform from one week to the next. So I hope I’m wrong, but I don’t see them challenging for the league this year.”

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“Do I think he (Mourinho) will leave? I’ve absolutely no idea. He needs to get off to a good start this season, there’s no doubt about that. I think a lot will depend on how his team plays, you know. If his team don’t do well, if they’re not playing well, if they’re not entertaining people, they’re not challenging for the league, then he possibly could go. But he’s got great experience, he’s been at top clubs, he’s been in difficult positions before, he’s in a difficult position now I think, but he needs to try to find a way to get out of it.”

Scholes’ comments come shortly after Rio Ferdinand offered similar pessimism ahead of the Premier League’s curtain opener at Old Trafford this Friday, with Leicester City the visitors. Both will surely be hoping that transfer deadline day ends with some positive news.

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By Kevin T

Kevin Thatcher is a freelance journalist who's work has featured in various national and international publications, including Mail Online & The Mirror. Kevin has been a Manchester United season ticket holder in South Stand for many years, and writes for RedMancunian to combine both his love for writing, and club.