Paul Scholes has torn into underperforming stars at Manchester United and described them as the “laziest players in the world”.
The former midfielder’s comments came just days following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as United boss.
Michael Carrick is in charge of the team on a caretaker basis until United can name their next boss, likely to be either Mauricio Pochettino or an interim appointment until summer, with talks opened with former Barcelona boss Ernesto Valverde .
Pochettino is the number one contender to be the next permanent United boss and Mirror Sport exclusively revealed that the former Tottenham coach is United’s number one option to replace Solskjaer .
The flux in the dugout is grabbing the headlines but Scholes took aim at the current crop of United players for not doing their roles properly and being “lazy”.
While Scholes did not directly name any players, he was not referencing either of the midfield duo Scott McTominay or Fred, whom he claimed have “been on their own” due to lack of work from their teammates.
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Scholes said ahead of Tuesday’s game at Villarreal when asked about the McTominay and Fred partnership: “They’ve been playing in the big games but they’ve been on their own.
“Playing in the big games as they’ve been on their own with the laziest players in the world.”
The comments from Scholes may have been direct towards the United wingers and advanced attacking players, with the seemingly implied comments being that the holding midfielders had been left exposed.
It was not only the players whom Scholes took aim at with his pre-match comments, but also suggested that the caretaker coaching team should have left the club alongside Solskjaer.
The former midfielder said: “You asked the question of whether they’ll be any better tonight, but it’s the same people running the team.“It’s the same people given massive responsibility to put the team out on the pitch, it’s more Kieran McKenna, Michael Carrick, who have prepared the team.
“Ole gives them the responsibility to do that. Why that changes now, I don’t know.
“Four weeks ago that Liverpool game , that was the time we knew.
“We knew Ole was going to go. Then, the people above had to prepare the next batch, the next manager, the next batch of staff.
“I’d be embarrassed to be on the staff now after what happened to Ole.
“Being on the staff and preparing the team for tonight, they all should have gone.
“Ole trusted them each week to get the team prepared for games. They’ve let the club down, the players down, as much as Ole has.”
It remains to be seen who will be in the United dugout when they travel to Chelsea for a crunch Premier League meeting this weekend.
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