Serial-moaner Paul Scholes has lamented the state of Manchester United’s current side after explaining why he believes Liverpool are favourites to win at Anfield on Monday night.
United, seventh in the table, go to Anfield three points behind Liverpool.
With our Monday Verdict questioning what Jose Mourinho’s best side is, Scholes has weighed in by saying the Red Devils “lack identity” and “have confusion”. In contrast Scholes claims Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has “stamped his way of playing football” on his team.
In United’s seven Premier League games so far, 15 outfield players have started – and Scholes believes this has led to mixed results, including two defeats and a draw.
In contrast, Mourinho used 21 outfield players in the whole of his 2004-05 and 2005-06 title-winning campaigns with Chelsea. In 2014-15, when he won the league with the Blues for a third time, the figure was 19.
“He was not ruthless enough in the off-season,” said Scholes, who made 718 appearances for United after making his debut in 1994.
“There is so much confusion about who should play.
“What I saw of Mourinho at Chelsea, he had 13 or 14 players who played every week. He never rested players even in the League Cup or whatever competition he was in.
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“With United it is still a settling-in period – it is going to take a bit of time for them to knit together and see what they are about.
“Is there an identity to the team yet? I don’t think there is.
“If you were betting, you would be betting on Liverpool,” he added.
Scholes on Klopp
With Liverpool’s high-pressing style, Scholes, who won 11 league titles with United, can see a pattern emerging he says is absent from his former club.
“You can see Jurgen Klopp has stamped his way of playing football on the team,” said the 41-year-old.
“There is a definite way about them. You know how they are going to play: they are going to be quick; they are going to try to take the ball off you and try to score goals by flooding the box.
“I was worried about them defensively, but they have already played some of the big teams and they are a real threat.
“The form they are in, they look as good as any team in the league.”