Paul Scholes wants Manchester United to steal Antonio Conte away from Tottenham Hotspur in the summer, for their new coach.
After their accidental FA Cup victory (football news), the former club legend has still branded Manchester United a “poisonous mess”.
Manchester United have endured a miserable 2021-22 campaign so far, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer paying for it with his job. Now, after this poor start, his interim replacement Ralf Rangnick is also failing to turn results for an enigmatic group.
So, much so that the Red Devils are now in real danger of finishing outside of the top four. They seem certain to extend their trophy-less run to five seasons, including the present 2021-22 campaign now.
And United faithful Paul Scholes, for one, cannot envisage the situation improving any time soon. Scholes played two decades with only Manchester United, recording over 700 appearances for the club between 1993 and 2013.
Paul Scholes Wants Manchester United to Steal Antonio Conte
The former Manchester United midfielder has talked to the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel about his club’s condition.
“The club just feels like it’s in a mess, player, staff and manager wise,” Paul Scholes remarked.
“Who wants to come into this club? It feels like a right mess. It does feel poisonous.”
Scholes added on the lack of quality in Rangnick’s ranks: “It has to come a point where you think, ‘Are these players good enough?’
“We know [Cristiano] Ronaldo, [Paul] Pogba, [Raphael] Varane, [Nemanja] Matic have great experience and won trophies but the rest of the squad haven’t proven themselves to be good enough to win anything.
“Some of these players have had a lot of games now. Marcus Rashford, he’s had a lot of games, are we ever going to see these lads reach their potential?
“Are they ever going to be good enough to win trophies? [Harry] Maguire, is he good enough? [Victor] Lindelof, is he good enough?
“We keep saying how good they are but they are failing to produce what is required on the pitch.”
Amidst all this, Scholes sees Conte as the ideal man to turn United’s fortunes around. And he thinks United can convince the Italian to leave Spurs at the end of the season if the transfer market does not back him up.
“Some people say he was not suited to United but you have seen what he is doing at Tottenham with a squad that is nowhere near as good as United’s,” Scholes said.
“He will probably challenge for the top four and United missed a trick with him. They could probably still get him from Tottenham. Tottenham fans probably won’t like me for saying that,” he added.
“You can see he is already getting frustrated with his squad of players and is asking for other stuff. Conte could do something special here, he has got the pedigree to do it. Will we be able to get him? I don’t know,” Scholes then speculated.