Manchester United are club with an internal “war” stretching right through them at the moment, according to ex-midfielder Paul Scholes.
The club legend, now a BT Sport pundit, was dismayed by Man United’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham on Saturday lunchtime. It signalled the worst start to a Premier League season in United’s history.
Scholes believes there are mini-wars going on between a number of individuals at Old Trafford. Manager Jose Mourinho seemingly challenged the club’s board during the summer after inactivity in the transfer market. Executive Vice-Chairman Ed Woodward, who is in charge of transfers, failed to bring in a centre-back or a right-winger as Mourinho has requested.
Meanwhile, Mourinho is now fighting with star midfielder Paul Pogba, who has often underperformed since his £89 million move to the club in 2016. But at the same time, he’s United’s best outfield player.
“At the minute, this club seems to be in a bit of a mess,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“It seems like a war right throughout the club. It’s from Woodward to Mourinho and Mourinho to his players. The players look unstable.”
Few people have labelled it in such a way so far, but Scholes is accurate in what he says. United is a club in turmoil at the moment. The in-fighting is ridiculous and runs right throughout the club, from the players, the coaches and the board.
It’s a disgrace that there is no one to reduce the tension at the club and sort out any problems between manager and players or manager and the board. A Director of Football is a possible solution, but the key issue is that United is a club run by a group of non-football people who are actually bankers and accountants looking to make money.