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Ahead of Arsenal, Paul Scholes tells Mourinho: This is your best starting XI

Ahead of Arsenal, Paul Scholes tells Mourinho: This is your best starting XI

Controversial pundit and legendary Manchester United player, Paul Scholes has a word of advice for the Red Devils manager, Jose Mourinho. The former England midfielder has been scathing in his assessment of the club he played for, in recent years. The English giants won against Swansea 3-1 on Saturday, with summer marquee signings, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba, getting in on the goal scoring act.

The highlight after the game was Jose criticising the likes of Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw for running from responsibility, after the pair claimed they were injured. Over the course of this campaign, the Portuguese tactician has flirted with different players in his first team, with the exception of Pogba and Zlatan. There is also the curious case of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who has struggled to impress after his summer move from Borussia Dortmund.

The changes Jose ringed in Wales over the weekend proved to be a masterstroke with the likes of Rojo, Carrick, Fellaini, Young, Darmian and Mata all making cases for them to be starters. With this in mind, Paul Scholes has listed the players he feels are the best for Mourinho to use, though it is interesting to see whether the outspoken coach would listen to him.

Speaking to BT Sport via Mirror, Scholes opined that a 4-3-3 is the best fit for the players at the club. He opted for Smalling and Bailly in the centre of defence, the much maligned Luke Shaw at left back, Valencia bombing down the right side of defence. In midfield, he talked about Bastian Schweinsteiger and Fellaini on the subs bench. He said, “Schweinsteiger must have something to offer the team. He’s got, what? 130 caps for Germany? Great experience to have around,”. Herrera, Carrick and Pogba were his preferred midfield trio while upfront, he opted for Rashford, Martial and Ibra or Rooney.

Since retiring in 2013, 41-year-old Scholes has been affected by Manchester United’s obvious decline, and has been critical of former managers, David Moyes and Loius Van Gaal. Scholes played the entirety of his career in the red half of Manchester, scoring 155 goals in 718 appearances, winning a raft of trophies along the way. Undoubtedly, a club legend.


By Dave Marshall


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