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Scholes has named his favoured XI.

Paul Scholes names his preferred Manchester United XI

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Everyone has an opinion about this current Manchester United squad at the moment.

Despite Jose Mourinho spending almost £150 million this summer, United find themselves off the pace in the Premier League and struggling to progress through their Europa League group.

After their 2-1 defeat to Fenerbahce on Thursday, BT Sport pundits - and former United players - Paul Scholes and Michael Owen named numerous players in the current squad that simply weren’t good enough.

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However, Scholes has now gone one step further by naming the starting line-up Mourinho should be playing this season.

The Portuguese boss has made several big decisions since his arrival at Old Trafford - exiling Bastian Schweinsteiger, dropping Wayne Rooney and ignoring calls for Michael Carrick to start regularly.

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Since retiring, Scholes hasn’t hesitated to voice his opinion about the United team and has now attempted to pick his very own XI.

Although the club legend doesn’t mention the goalkeeper - we can safely assume he would select David de Gea between the sticks.

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[Chris] Smalling and [Eric] Bailly obviously," Scholes told BT Sport, per the Mirror.

"Luke Shaw when he's fully fit - he'll get in the team. Antonio [Valencia] has been a revelation [at right-back].”

A pretty standard back-four from Scholes. It now gets a bit more interesting.

Scholes then agreed with fellow BT Sport pundit Steve McManaman that Michael Carrick should sit at the base of the midfield with Ander Herrera to the right and Paul Pogba to the left.

However, while he doesn’t think he should start, Scholes believes there should be a place in the squad for Schweinsteiger - who has recently returned to first-team training.

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"Schweinsteiger must have something to offer the team," Scholes claimed. "He's got, what? 130 caps for Germany?[That's] great experience to have around."

On to the front-three, and Scholes is in no doubt the two players that should start on the wings - but is unsure who should be the striker.

"I'd have Martial and Rashford - the pace. You have to play those two and then it's [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic or [Wayne] Rooney,” he added.

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How would that starting line-up perform in the Premier League? Well, Scholes has no doubt about the quality of his XI.

"I think they could [challenge for the title]," admitted Scholes. "But there's enough talent in that squad to at least be challenging for the top four and I think they eventually will."

Whether Mourinho will heed Scholes’ advice in the coming weeks remains to be seen but he certainly needs to make a few changes to his squad. Defeats to Manchester City, Watford and draws to Stoke, Liverpool and Burnley has left them ten points adrift of Chelsea in the league, while losses to Feyenoord and Fenerbahce has left in third place in the Europa League group.

It doesn’t appear Scholes has any intentions of going into management after hanging up his boots. However, having played over 700 times at the club - winning 11 league titles - it’s fair to say he is very much entitled to an opinion regarding his former club.

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Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
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Paul Scholes
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