Scholes not surprised by exit of ‘average’ Man United

Date published: Wednesday 9th December 2015 10:02

Paul Scholes says he is not remotely shocked by the Champions League exit of an ‘average’ Manchester United side.

The former United midfielder – now an outspoken critic of Louis Van Gaal’s United – told BT Sport:

“It doesn’t feel like a disaster for me because I’m not surprised,” Scholes said. “It’s a team that has been poor in almost every game in the Champions League, and it’s in a group that’s shocking really.

“You see these two teams (PSV and Wolfsburg) – will either of these get to the quarter-final? I wouldn’t have thought so. I think whichever teams these two get, they’ll get knocked out in the next round.

“United look like an average team and with an average team, you get average performances.”

Scholes echoed Michael Owen in suggesting that Van Gaal has erred in allowing certain players to leave the club.

“You’d have to say they haven’t bought as well as they could have done,” he said.

“I think goals is the biggest problem. When you’re relying on a 20-year-old (Anthony Martial) to be scoring your goals, it’s just not right.

“There should be a proven goalscorer there and as we have seen at the start of the season, proven ones have left the club. That’s where they’ve failed.”

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