Paul Scholes thinks the likes of Paul Pogba, Ashley Young and Nemanja Matic are setting a bad example for the young players in Manchester United’s squad.
The Red Devils have had a mixed start to the season with five points from their opening four matches, with their only win a 4-0 thrashing of Chelsea.
And Scholes was “disappointed” with a number of the senior players on Saturday as well as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s decision to take off Juan Mata.
“I am disappointed. It looked like from when the moment Juan Mata went off, actually,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.
“I was surprised because I thought if anybody is going to create something it’s Juan Mata.
“But it wasn’t the young players I was disappointed with, it was more the experienced players.
“When Matic came on he constantly gave the ball away, Ashley Young gave the ball away, I don’t know how many times Paul Pogba lost possession. These are the people that young players are looking up to, the examples you’re looking at.
“I think you almost have to write United off for the next two years, this team, until Ole Gunnar has cleared everything he wants out, has four or five transfer windows, United are going to be behind Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
“I think this is United at the minute, you have to be patient with the young players, but the experienced players have to step up.
“We’ve seen over and over again how many mistakes experienced players are making, it’s difficult for young players to come into a team like that.”