Man United should stick with Mour­inho, says out­spo­ken Sc­holes

Observer on Saturday - - Sport - AFP

– Paul Sc­holes be­lieves Manch­ester United should stick with un­der-fire Man­ager Jose Mour­inho but says he is “sick of him moan­ing” about what he is lack­ing at the club.

Pres­sure is mount­ing on the 55year-old af­ter a four-game win­less streak that has seen them bow out of the League Cup and made this their worst start to a league cam­paign in 29 years. For­mer United and Eng­land mid­fielder Sc­holes has been one of Mour­inho's most out­spo­ken crit­ics and la­belled the Por­tuguese boss “em­bar­rass­ing” be­fore Tues­day's goal­less Cham­pi­ons League draw with Va­len­cia.

Sc­holes even ex­pressed his sur­prise that Mour­inho had not been sacked fol­low­ing last week­end's 3-1 loss at West Ham but his view ap­pears to have soft­ened, ahead of the visit of New­cas­tle.

LON­DON

“The game on Sat­ur­day was one - af­ter the Paul Pogba stuff in the week (Pogba was stripped of the vice-cap­taincy) - where you ques­tion the work ethic,” he told BBC Ra­dio.

“I think Tues­day was a lit­tle bit dif­fer­ent in that way. They tried, worked a bit harder but lacked the real qual­ity to win the game.”

He said he agreed with fel­low ‘Class of 92’ grad­u­ate Ryan Giggs that United should stick with Mour­inho. But he added: “I'm sick of him moan­ing about what he hasn't got when I think he re­ally should be con­cen­trat­ing on what he has got. I think he's got some real qual­ity in the squad who are very

low in con­fi­dence. Jose over the years has been a bril­liant coach. His record sug­gests that, he's been one of the very best. “I think now I'd like to see him stay. Take this, which I think is prob­a­bly the big­gest chal­lenge of his ca­reer - and show us what a good coach he is.” Sc­holes said the play­ers at Old Traf­ford are lack­ing con­fi­dence. “When they're con­stantly hear­ing that they're not good enough - not that they're not good enough - or that they're not per­form­ing. You think of play­ers like An­thony Mar­tial or Mar­cus Rash­ford. It's about giv­ing them a run of games.”

UN­DER PRES­SURE: Jose Mour­inho.

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