Manchester United lack identity… Jose Mourinho 'was not ruthless', says Paul Scholes
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- United are six points off the top of the table ahead of Monday’s game
Manchester United lack an identity under Jose Mourinho, because the new manager is yet to work out his best team.
That is the view of club legend Paul Scholes, who claims that the former Chelsea boss ‘was not ruthless enough’ this summer.
And Scholes, who won 11 Premier League titles in his two decades at the club, backed Liverpool to beat his old side when the two teams meet on Monday night.
Jose Mourinho wasn’t ruthless enough over the summer according to Paul Scholes
United legend Scholes hit out at Mourinho, and backed Liverpool to win on Monday
‘If you were betting, you would be betting on Liverpool,’ Scholes told the BBC ahead of the clash at Anfield.
‘He 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.’
Mourinho spent over £150m this summer bolstering the squad that finished fifth under Louis van Gaal last season, including the world record signing of Paul Pogba from Juventus.
But although he shipped out several of the youngsters handed their debuts by Van Gaal, he failed to bring the squad down to the size he enjoyed at Stamford Bridge.
Scholes says United lack identity as Mourinho looks to get his squad playing with cohesion
The former Chelsea boss spent over £150m this summer after taking over from Louis van Gaal
And Scholes says that has led to a lack of cohesion as Mourinho looks to get his team playing the way he wants.
‘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.’
Despite winning their first three games of the season United are seventh in the Premier League, six points behind Arsenal and rivals Manchester City at the top of the table.
But a win at Anfield could lift them back above Jurgen Klopp’s team and into the top four.