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“Poisonous”: Paul Scholes Drops Damning Verdict On Manchester United & Ralf Rangnick

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Jack O’Brien
A 22 y/o football nerd seeking my way into football writing. I love Irish football and also the Premier League. A huge Arsenal fan! Aside from writing, I like to spend my time fishing and drinking beer.

Manchester United are in a spot of bother at the moment. Despite securing a narrow victory over Aston Villa, the Red Devils are nowhere near close to yielding the expected results and are dawdling in the seventh position in the Premier League table.

United have dropped points in two of their last three league matches, with their most recent mishap coming against Wolves. Shortly after the defeat at Molineux, former Aston Villa professional Gabby Agbonlahor was quick to suggest that the club should offload Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer.

This time around, club legend Paul Scholes has reined in on Manchester United’s performances, vehemently criticising the players and the new coach Ralf Rangnick.

In an interview with Webby & O’Neill, Scholes stated: “The club just feels like it’s in a mess, player, staff and manager wise. Who wants to come into this club? It feels like a right mess. It does feel poisonous.”

“It has to come to a point where you think, ‘Are these players good enough?’ We know [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Paul] Pogba, [Raphael] Varane, [Nemanja] Matic have great experience and won trophies but the rest of the squad haven’t proven themselves to be good enough to win anything.

“Some of these players have had a lot of games now. Marcus Rashford, he’s had a lot of games, are we ever going to see these lads reach their potential? Are they ever going to be good enough to win trophies? [Harry] Maguire, is he good enough? [Victor] Lindelof, is he good enough?”, he added.

Scholes, who had featured in over 700 competitive matches for Manchester United during his illustrious career, went on to question the credibility of coach Ralf Rangnick. “We have gone to a man well regarded across Europe, especially by managers who speak highly of him like [Jurgen] Klopp and [Thomas] Tuchel.

“But he’s not had much success as a coach. He won promotion in Germany and a bit with Schalke but he has been asked to come and manage the biggest club in the world – it’s something I just cannot get my head around.”, he said of the German tactician.

Since hanging up his boots back in 2013, Scholes had notably served as the Manchester United assistant manager of Ryan Giggs for a short period back in 2014. He is now the owner of his hometown club Salford, a fourth division outfit.

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