Paul Scholes speaks about Manchester United’s title prospects

Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Paul Scholes does not see the Red Devils competing for the Premier League title this season. United made good progress under Jose Mourinho last term as they secured the runner-up spot for the first time since the Alex Ferguson era but Scholes feels there is more work to do before they can close the gap on reigning champions Manchester City.

Speaking to Sky Sports News, he said: “I just don’t see United getting closer to City. City are a really good side, great manager, some great players, a way of playing that they all know about and Manchester United seem to be not too sure what’s going on.When you look at Manchester City, possibly Liverpool, I don’t think they [Man Utd] have the quality of those two teams at the minute.”

United started the summer transfer window with plenty of promise as they acquired the signature of Fred and Diogo Dalot in a short space of time. However, thereafter, they managed to make just one signing in the form of goalkeeper Lee Grant, who has been recruited to assume the role of the third-choice shot-stopper.

As a result, there has been plenty of frustration from both Jose Mourinho and the supporters alike over the reduced number of signings but they have to live with the decision until January, at the least with the Premier League transfer window having now closed. Compared to United, City made just one major signing in the form of Riyad Mahrez but they are looking value to retain the title, barring a strong challenge from Liverpool.

Jurgen Klopp’s side have been regarded by many to have aced the transfer window with the signings of Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson and the Reds could end their wait for their maiden Premier League title this term, provided they can get their act together. The Reds have often performed with class against the top-six opponents only to succumb to disappointing results against mid-table and relegation-threatened clubs.