Paul Scholes admits that he starts watching other games when Man United are playing 3 years ago

Paul Scholes admits that he starts watching other games when Man United are playing

He may have played 718 times for the club, but Paul Scholes still speaks like a Manchester United fan.

And he spoke for an awful lot of United fans on Tuesday night. Before the dour goalless draw at Old Trafford in the Champions League tie against Valencia, Scholes took aim at Jose Mourinho, his reactionary tactics and his media outbursts.

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He echoed the views of many supporters when he said he was surprised that Mourinho was still employed by the club following the 3-1 defeat to West Ham last Saturday.

He even said that the Portuguese coach was "embarrassing" United with his scorched earth approach to player relations.

"He's coming out in press conferences, he's constantly having a go at players, he's having a go at people above him because he's not getting what he wants. I think his mouth is out of control and he's embarrassing the club."

Following 90 minutes of nothingness between United and Valencia, an encounter with the intensity of a testimonial match, Scholes had reached a breaking point.

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The former England midfielder had another opportunity to criticise Mourinho's team and the manager's tactics. However, much like the game itself, Scholes appeared to think that doing so was ultimately pointless.

He admitted that the match was so boring, so devoid of quality and interest, that he simply ended up watching some of the other screens in the BT Sport studio.

Scholes claim is striking when one considers how compelling United's European matches once were.

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The number of shots against Mourinho on Tuesday night easily outnumbered the number of efforts his team had on goal in the game.

On Virgin Media Sport, Graeme Souness suggested that United are no better now than when Mourinho took charge in 2016.

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He also spoke about how United's traditions of attacking football don't fit with Mourinho's own principles on how the game should be played.

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Back on BT Sport, Rio Ferdinand took issue with Mourinho's comments about United's defenders.

The former Chelsea boss effectively said that his side didn't string any patterns of play together during the match because their central defenders are not of the required standard to build from the back.