Lionel Messi would struggle at Man Utd, says Scholes

Paul Scholes has sat down with journalist and editor of fanzine United We Stand, Andy Mitten, to discuss a number of issues surrounding Manchester United.

The former England international and United midfielder opens up about Anthony Martial’s best position, travelling to games with mates, his son’s obsession with going home and away, and much more.

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Perhaps the most intriguing response in the interview came from a question in regard to Alexis Sanchez, who has received his share of criticism this season.

However, there is hope the Chile international has found a turning point in his spell at Old Trafford after scoring a dramatic winner in our last outing against Newcastle.

The Reds came from behind against The Magpies to force a winning comeback from a two-goal deficit, while many believe it was that goal that bought Jose Mourinho more time as United manager after it was reported he was on the verge of getting sacked.

When asked about Sanchez, Scholes told ESPN: “I know he has qualities and has been a good player but I never saw him as a United player.

“I saw him as a bit selfish, someone who played for himself sometimes. I didn’t think he was a player that we needed, especially for that type of money. How would we be able to get rid of him when he earns those wages?

“The signing felt like it happened just to stop Man City signing him.

“It feels like every player who comes into the team struggles. I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.”

Quite a statement from Scholes, who never holds back when asked to share his views.

If you look at some of the better players Mourinho has at his disposal, it’s fair to question why he isn’t getting the best out of them, or to wonder if they suit our system in the first place.

It’s obviously difficult for an attack-minded player to flourish in a side set up with such a conservative approach.

Read Mitten’s full interview with Scholes here.

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