Last night, a tweet sent from football fan Ibypatel went viral.
It read: “PAUL SCHOLES JUST SAID UNITED NEED TO GO BACK IN THE TRANSFER MARKET TO GET ANOTHER MIDFIELDER TO CONTROL THE MIDFIELD I’M DEAD.”
Excusing the capital letters and lack of grammar, it’s not hard to miss the hilarity behind the tweet.
Scholes was on punditry duty after Manchester United’s 1-0 defeat to Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday. The former midfielder admitted that Jose Mourinho should look to sign a midfielder.
Why? They’ve just spent a whopping £89 million on one.
To be fair to Scholes, he did stress the point that Paul Pogba needs someone alongside him to complement his style. Scholes mentioned Toni Kroos and Luka Modric as ideal targets.
But there’s no way on earth Mourinho thought he might need to sign another midfielder after splashing the cash on Pogba. For that much money, one is enough.
Pogba's slow start
Kroos and Modric are probably far from the United manager’s mind at the moment. He seems happy enough with the job Marouane Fellaini is doing next to the France international.
Mourinho’s sole focus at the minute will be prising the talent out of the world’s most expensive player.
Through three Premier League games and one European contest, the 23-year-old hasn’t looked like a £50m player, let alone an £89m one. He hasn’t risen to the occasion when United needed him to - like when they fell behind against Manchester City and Feyenoord - and is taking a while re-adjusting to English football.
Mourinho has come to Pogba's support
Of course, opposing fans have been quick to get on Pogba and United’s back. But Mourinho has come to the former Juventus man’s side, explaining just why he has made a slow start to the season.
“He had no pre-season, the Euro final, holidays then came back,” Mourinho told reporters, per the Telegraph. “It’s normal that in the first week he had a very good impact but it’s normal after that first game he has a little decrease. But I am full of trust with him because I know the player he is.
“I know he is a very good guy with a lot of ambition so the form will come naturally and will come with the team improving. The team improves, he will improve. No problem. It’s not a problem with his position. He feels comfortable in it.”