Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has picked a curious time to continue his months-long groan about the Mourinho era at the club, just before his former team go into battle with the Italian champions Juventus at Old Trafford later tonight.
Speaking on a pre-match broadcast with BT Sport, the player-turned-pundit was asked if the team’s improved form over their last two performances showed signs of a future at Old Trafford for the club’s beleaguered manager.
He said: “I think it does. they look like they're beginning to find a little bit of form - OK it was Newcastle, which you was hoping wasn't a false dawn … then they went into the Chelsea game and, again, the first half they were poor, wasn’t really at the races.
It seems like when they go behind it get them mad but when you look around the squad the players are there.”
Never wanting to show too much positive energy at once, Scholes had a demand, too, from the young front line of his former club.
“I talk about the front three all the time - and you think of all the pace and the strength they’ve got...
"OK, Lukaku’s probably struggling for a bit of confidence, Marcus is probably struggling but you look at those three - you must be looking at 60-65 goals a season.
“They need to start producing. We talk about matter and rash as being players with potential for the future, but they’ve played over a hundred games.”
“The future's no good anymore, it needs to be now.”
Demands of instantaneous impact on your say so is probably exactly what players you describe as missing confidence need. Bravo, Paul.