Paul Scholes has said he fears for Manchester United's future, insisting that unless major signings are made, the club could follow the same path that took Liverpool into the wilderness in the 1990s.
After a summer that started promisingly with the arrivals of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera and the appointment of Louis Van Gaal, United have dragged their heels for the last two months while their direct rivals have strengthened and Saturday's defeat against Swansea was a timely reminder that the gap between United and the elite of English football is widening.
Paul Scholes has described Louis Van Gaal as a "mad genius" and has claimed Manchester United will not win the league this season, as they haven't strengthened their squad enough, compared to what their Premier League rivals have done.
The former United midfield maestro is confident the club have got the right man to steady the ship after a disastrous 12 months and towards a top four finish, but Scholes insists a title challenge is beyond the current squad's capabilities, as they lack quality in midfield, despite the arrival of Ander Herrera.
David Beckham and Paul Scholes react as Man Utd are dumped out of League Cup by York in '95
Having missed out on Europe under the failed reign of David Moyes, Manchester United were involved in the Capital One Cup second round draw for the first time since 1995 (when 'Fergie's fledglings' lost 4-3 on aggregate to York City).
Despite steadfastly refusing to say a word throughout his playing days, Paul Scholes can't keep from spouting off with a Paddy Power blog, a cameo pundit stint with Sky Sports toward the tail-end of last season and now two count 'em!
Paul Scholes has described new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal as a man possessing "the Mida's touch",but admitted the Dutchman will have to perform at his best if he is to bring United back to the Premier League's summit.
In his latest blog for bookmaker Paddy Power, Scholes pointed at Van Gaal's influence in guiding a good, but by no means vintage, Holland team to the semifinal and claimed fans and players alike will be excited by the prospect of the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern manager taking charge at Old Trafford.
Manchester United should sign Real Madrid summer target, says OT legend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes the Red Devils should sign their long-term transfer target Toni Kroos.
The Bayern Munich midfielder has one year left on his contract and has long been linked with a move to Old Trafford, with their former manager David Moyes scouting the German international on multiple occasions.
Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney dismissed Paul Scholes' criticism on Thursday, saying he is 'not interested' in his former team-mate's comments.
Scholes, who was part of Ryan Giggs coaching staff at the end of the season, wondered in a recent interview whether we have seen the best of Rooney, whether he will ever get back to the player he was two or three years ago and whether the Englandd striker was 'worn out', having started his senior career with Everton at the age of 16.
England camp defend Wayne Rooney from Scholes attack - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Wayne Rooney remains an enigma for England in major tournaments. The promise that has failed to deliver on the biggest stage over recent years has another chance to prove his world class in Brazil. If England get the player who seems to don England's shirt like a cement-overcoat rather than the bustling force-of-nature in the red of Manchester United however, would, or even should, Roy Hodgson drop him?
Livepool's scintillating brand of soccer brought them within a whisker of a Premier League title this season. In the process, Jordan Henderson, Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge all emerged as great hopes for England in a World Cup year.
The style of play was so refreshing that even a club legend at Liverpool's biggest rival feels England should emulate the way Brendan Rodgers structured his team.
Paul Scholes has claimed thatWayne Rooney might have already reached his peak and that Ed Woodward will have a lot to answer for if United do not complete a couple of world class signings this summer.
Rooney looked set to leave United last summer after relationship between him and Sir Alex Ferguson broke down, but was convinced to remain at the club by David Moyes and ended up signing a new five-year deal which will probably keep him at Old Trafford for the remainder of his career.
What is it with former Manchester United midfielders hammering current players in the press? For years former United captain Roy Keane has taken potshots at United players, while today's newspapers all carry some hard hitting comments from Paul Scholes about striker Wayne Rooney andexecutive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.
It seems that United's hierarchy simply can not bring themselves to make a swift decision, regardless of it being needed to seal a transfer or to secure David Moyes' successor. Yesterday it looked as if it was only matter of days before Louis Van Gaal was unveiled as the new Manchester United manager, but different reports today suggest the Dutchman might no longer be the frontrunner to replace Moyes.
David Beckham could front a deal that sees him and his famed 'class of 92' team-mates (Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs, the Neville brothers Gary and Phil, Nicky Butt) wrestle control of Manchester United from current owners the Glazer family. Becks set up his own Academy in East London back in 2005 and is currently busy in the US launching a Miami-based MLS franchise.
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes was intent on delivering a few home truths to Arsenal during his work as a Sky Sports pundit last night. Scholes criticised the Gunners for their lack of defensive discipline and the seeming absence of a gameplan when they take to the field. He said: "These, they go 2-0 [.
Maybe it's better that Paul Scholes kept his words to himself because he made himself look rather silly tonight with his analysis on Sky Sports after his Manchester United team were ripped to shreds by Manchester City.
Unbelievably, instead of criticizing Manchester United for the weaknesses this season, Scholes criticized Arsenal's players for going missing and playing with no discipline (this coming from the Ginger Prince who was infamous for his poor tackling that often resulted in yellow or red cards).
Paul Scholes admits he has been disappointed by the efforts of his replacement in the Manchester United midfield so far. The United legend hung up his boots at the end of last season. Incoming manager David Moyes spent Â£27.5m to bring Marouane Fellaini to Old Trafford from Everton. It sounds like Scholes isn't convinced Moyes [.
Recently retired Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes says the club should not sack David Moyes. In fact, he went as far as to say he feels sorry for David Moyes' replacement. Scholes tipped United to improve under Moyes next season. He told Goal.com: "It's far too early [to sack him]. with all the injuries he's [.
"If you're good enough, you're old enough" These are the words of Manchester United and England legend Sir Bobby Charlton. A man who is a supporter of the youth system at Manchester. A system that has produced world class talents such as Paul Scholes and George Best.
The system some believe, reached its peak when it produced some of the finest players of their generation in an exceptionally small space of time.
Ryan Giggs has described Juan Mata as a potential United legend, claiming that the 25-year-old Spanish has all it takes to establish himself at United and go down as one of the Old Trafford greats, fully justifying the club-record fee United splashed out to secure his services.
I assure you, dearest and most loyal of readers, that the above image is not a fake. The name. The birth date. The location. The fixture. It's all true. Melvin Arana, known in these parts as "Junito", is officially unretired and....his first ever competitive game looms large.
What does that mean for our family, Junito and the soccerverse at large?
UEFA report Olympiakos in danger The English side maintained their advantage at the top of Group F and lead second-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who defeated Maccabi Haifa 2-1 in the other match of the section, by six points.
------------ The Republik of Mancunia has brought out a brilliant downloadable World Cup preview. It contains 20 articles written by football experts on the countries our players will be representing in Brazil. There is also exclusive content from this country's top football journalists, such as Sid Lowe, Martin Lipton, Sam Wallace and Dominic Fifield.
Thoughts on the eve of England's 2014 World Cup squad announcement It is always fun for fans to second-guess their national team coach's World Cup squad. And so it is galling when the manager picks players you had cast off the list long ago, revealing his mind works on a different wavelength to the supporters'.
This week on The Soccer Yanks Podcast: Dave and Dan discuss the woes of Manchester United and Arsenal. Dan takes to the defensive over his beloved Arsenal; his opinions may or may not be askew. The guys also take on a few twitter questions.