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Paul Scholes brands Manchester United a "poisonous mess"

Paul Scholes has called Manchester United a "poisonous mess"
Paul Scholes has called Manchester United a "poisonous mess" / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Paul Scholes has offered a damning assessment of Manchester United, branding his former club as a "poisonous mess", and urged them to steal Antonio Conte from Tottenham.

The Red Devils have endured a tough season so far, and have seen Ole Gunnar Solskjaer get the sack, with Ralf Rangnick being appointed as interim boss until the end of the season.

United are in danger of finishing outside the top four in the Premier League, and Scholes doesn't think the situation will improve any time soon.

The former United midfielder said on the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel: "The club just feels like it’s in a mess, player, staff and manager wise. Who wants to come into this club? It feels like a right mess. It does feel poisonous.”

Scholes added on the lack of quality in Rangnick's ranks: "It has to come a point where you think, ‘Are these players good enough?'

“We know [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Paul] Pogba, [Raphael] Varane, [Nemanja] Matic have great experience and won trophies but the rest of the squad haven’t proven themselves to be good enough to win anything.

“Some of these players have had a lot of games now. Marcus Rashford, he’s had a lot of games, are we ever going to see these lads reach their potential?

“Are they ever going to be good enough to win trophies? [Harry] Maguire, is he good enough? [Victor] Lindelof, is he good enough? We keep saying how good they are but they are failing to produce what is required on the pitch.”

Scholes also believes United must lure Conte to Old Trafford, and added: "We should have one of the top five managers in the world. Now, Tuchel, [Pep] Guardiola and Klopp are the top three but they are unavailable, there is no chance of getting them. But then you look at Antonio Conte.

"Some people say he was not suited to United but you have seen what he is doing at Tottenham with a squad that is nowhere near as good as United’s. He will probably challenge for the top four and United missed a trick with him. They could probably still get him from Tottenham. Tottenham fans probably won’t like me for saying that. Conte could do something special here, he has got the pedigree to do it. Will we be able to get him? I don’t know.”