Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has entered into a war of words with former midfielder Paul Scholes after he questioned Paul Pogba’s role in the side.
Speaking after United’s disappointing third consecutive draw, at home to Southampton, at the weekend, Scholes said he didn’t think Pogba looked comfortable in his position and questioned the way the manager had asked him to play.
Mourinho, though, has hit back, claiming Scholes only criticises rather than encourages his former side. It is not the first time a Red Devils boss has got frustrated with a member of the ‘Class of ‘92’, who are rarely shy of sharing their opinions.
“I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is to criticise. I don’t think he comments, I think he criticises which is a different thing.” Mourinho said, via Goal.
“But not every one of us has to be phenomenal like he was as a player. He was a phenomenal player, that doesn’t mean that we all have to be phenomenal.”
“Paul [Pogba] tries to do his best all the time. Sometimes he plays very well, sometimes he plays well and sometimes he doesn’t play so well. It’s not Paul’s fault that he made much more money than Paul Scholes. It’s not Paul’s fault. It’s just the way football is.
“But I think Scholes will be in the history like a phenomenal player, not as a pundit, so I prefer to look at him as a phenomenal player who gave so much to the club that I am proud to represent. If Paul one day decides to be a manager I wish that he can be 25 per cent as successful as myself, because 25% of 25 is around six.
“So if he’s 25% he’ll be quite happy. But in my mind Paul Scholes was a phenomenal player, one of the best players I have ever seen playing in midfield, and he gave so much to my club that I only can thank him for that because the prestige of this club is based on people like him.”