Spare a thought for Paul Scholes.
It can’t be easy for the former Manchester United midfielder to criticise the club he enjoyed so much success with but he has little choice until Jose Mourinho turns things around.
And Scholes reckons it could be a couple of years before he has anything good to say about his old team, admitting Mourinho needs “three or four transfer windows” to get things right.
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"It's been quite a painful three years," Scholes said on BT Sport. "And I think the next 18 months to two years could be very similar until this manager has three or four transfer windows to really get a team that he wants.
"I think this team in two years will be unrecognisable from what it is now. But, whatever we can do in this two years has to be a bonus. Whether they can win the League Cup whether they can win the FA Cup.”
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Scholes was speaking after United’s 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League. Mourinho would have had hopes of winning the competition after adding nearly £160 million worth of talent to his squad in the summer, but Thursday’s result leaves them in third place in Group A with two games remaining.
Premier League struggles
Winning the Europa League could present United’s best opportunity to qualify for next season’s Champions League. They currently don’t have the quality to achieve the alternative route - finishing in the top four of the Premier League.
Saturday’s depressing 0-0 draw against Burnley left the Red Devils eighth in the table, eight points behind Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool.
We’re over a quarter of the way through the season and Watford are currently in a better position than United.
Four teams look better
Scholes added to his condemnation of United by admitting that Mourinho should forget about winning the title, and instead should focus on finishing in the top four.
In Scholes’ eyes, there are four teams who look much better than United.
"There's three or four better teams in the Premier League. We know this team at this moment in time isn't capable of challenging for the league,” the United legend said.
“I think they're challenging for fourth.
"At this time now you have to say that Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, [Manchester] City definitely look better teams.
"I know things can change during the season, you have to hope that it does for them to have a hope of finishing top four.”
If you had said to United fans on the opening day of the season that their title hopes would be pretty much over by early November, the majority would have called you a liar.
But Mourinho needs a miracle now.
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