Paul Scholes predicts this season’s Champions League winners

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has weighed in on where his old side feature in the conversation of who will lift this season’s illustrious Champions League trophy. The Englishman has admitted that there are very few ‘special, special’ teams who stand in United’s way and thinks the Reds stand a very good chance of winning their fourth Champions League trophy.

Scholes, now retired, knows better than anybody what it takes to win European football’s biggest prize after the former midfield maestro won the competition as a player on two separate occasions (1999 and 2008).

Speaking on BT Sport after his old side’s second round of Champions League fixtures last night in a game which saw the Reds thrash RB Leipzig 5-0 with the help of a second-half Marcus Rashford hattrick, Scholes heaped the praise on United’s number-10, as quoted by Express, he said: “You come to expect this from him. I liked his ruthlessness tonight, you felt every time he went through he was not giving the keeper a chance.

“His finishing has been questioned in the past, but tonight you’re looking at 25 goals from him if he keeps that attitude.

“That was like [Ruud] van Nistelrooy, you see him going through and you know he’s going to smash the ball into the corner.”

However, Scholes’ praise for his former side didn’t stop there as he gave a glowing prediction of whether or not Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can guide the Reds to European glory for a fourth time, he said: “I don’t think there’s that many special, special teams across Europe now.

“I think you look at Bayern, and then the rest of it is a much of a muchness. So I don’t see why not.”

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