Man Utd Legend Paul Scholes Claims His Former Team 'Lack Identity' Ahead of Liverpool Showdown

Published on: 16 October 2016

Paul Scholes has never been one to hold his tongue when discussing football since his retirement. The former Manchester United midfielder has been talking to theBBCahead the clash with fierce rivals Liverpool and has some worrying views on his old side.

The two teams will face off on Monday night in one of the most mouthwatering matches in recent years.

Paul Scholes says Liverpool are favourites for tonight's clash as Man Utd lack "identity" under Jose Mourinho


Jurgen Klopp's Reds appear to head into the match as favourites, after an impressive start to the season and could well go top of the league should they winby three goals or more.

Scholes' former side, ManchesterUnited, have meanwhile struggled to make their mark on the season so far, sitting in seventh place in the table despite spending close to £150m in the summer and installing multiple Premier League winner,Jose Mourinho, as their manager.

Speaking ahead of the match, Scholes explained why he thought Liverpool head into the game as favourites and why he has yet to be impressed by United's new manager.

"If you were betting, you would be betting on Liverpool," he said."He (Mourinho)was not ruthless enough in the off-season.There is so much confusion about who should play.

"What I saw of Mourinho at Chelsea, he had 13 or 14 players who played every week. He never rested players even in the League Cup or whatever competition he was in.With United it is still a settling-in period - it is going to take a bit of time for them to knit together and see what they are about.

"Is there an identity to the team yet? I don't think there is."

In contrast, Scholes took on a much more positive tone when discussing Liverpool's manager, who has installed an energy into his team that has seen them already score 18 goals this season.

"You can see Jurgen Klopp has stamped his way of playing football on the team," said the 41-year-old.

"There is a definite way about them. You know how they are going to play: they are going to be quick; they are going to try to take the ball off you and try to score goals by flooding the box.

"I was worried about them defensively, but they have already played some of the big teams and they are a real threat.The form they are in, they look as good as any team in the league."

The words will have hurt Scholes as much as United fans and both will be hoping that Mourinho can establish an identity for the match thusproving the former midfielder wrong.