Paul Scholes rules out Manchester United’s title hopes for next season
Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Paul Scholes has said that the Red Devils are unlikely to challenge for the Premier League title next term. The Mancunian giants have improved immensely under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer during the second half of the campaign but Scholes does not reckon that the club can compete for the English crown next season.
Speaking to BT Sport, Scholes said that United need another rebuild during the summer and he is unsure whether Ole can transform them into genuine title candidates, he said: “It feels like you almost need a full rebuild again. A lot of people expect United to challenge for league next year and I can’t see it. Liverpool showed signs last year they could challenge. United, there’s nothing telling me they’ll challenge next season.Give it £200million and give Ole a summer window, but Ole will have to improve this squad massively.”
Meanwhile, United are scheduled to face Barcelona on the road during the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final and Scholes does not believe the Red Devils can make a comeback after the 1-0 defeat at Old Trafford, he added: “Today was the most important one because can you really go to Barcelona and see them winning?’ It’s doubtful – of course they’ve got a chance but it’s very difficult. To get in the Champions League the most realistic chance is top four.”
“United are currently two points behind the top four of the Premier League after 33 games played“ but they have difficult games against Manchester City, Chelsea and Everton to contend before the season concludes. As such, the next few weeks could make or break the club’s prospects of qualifying “for the Champions League“ next term.
United are currently in an average run of form with just two wins from the previous six matches. They are scheduled to face Barcelona in the Champions League on Tuesday night aiming to overcome a 1-0 deficit. The challenge remains a tough one with the Blaugrana unbeaten at the Camp Nou for the past 30 European games.