'Even Messi would struggle at United'
Posted: 17 October 2018 Time: 12:30
Manchester United have become a laughing stock and even Lionel Messi would struggle in the current side, according to club legend Paul Scholes.
United have endured a torrid start to the 2018/19 season, currently in eighth position after their last-gasp 3-2 victory over Newcastle before the international break.
The style of play under manager Jose Mourinho has also come under scrutiny as the decorated coach struggles to create a side able to challenge for the Premier League title - which has eluded the club since Sir Alex Ferguson's retirement.
And Scholes, who won 11 Premier League titles with the Red Devils feels the current crop of players have allowed the most successful club in England become a joke to their rivals Liverpool and Manchester City.
"That shouldn't make any difference but it does," Scholes told ESPN. "United now feels like Liverpool from years ago, like we're making all the same mistakes as they did.
"We were watching Liverpool and City from afar and smirking as they changed managers and players every year, never getting anything right. It feels like we have turned into a Liverpool or a Man City.
"I feel like people at Liverpool and Man City are looking at us and laughing like we did at them many years ago."
Asked by about Alexis Sanchez, he replied: "I know he has qualities and has been a good player but I never saw him as a United player. I saw him as a bit selfish, someone who played for himself sometimes. I didn't think he was a player that we needed, especially for that type of money.
"How would we be able to get rid of him now when he earns those wages? The signing felt like it happened just to stop Man City signing him.
"It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles. I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he'd struggle in this team."