Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho.
Manchester United's Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho.

Jose’s astonishing attack on Scholes after United win

ANOTHER Manchester United game, another furious Jose Mourinho soundbite.

This time, after the Red Devils got back to winning ways at Everton courtesy of Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial wonder strikes in a 2-0 win, he had club legend Paul Scholes lined up.

The former midfielder was highly critical of Paul Pogba against Southampton during his role as a television on pundit, so after a fine performance at Everton, Mourinho hit back.

"I think the only thing Paul Scholes does is to criticise. I don't think he comments, I think he criticises, which is a different thing, but not every one of us has to be phenomenal, like he was as a player.

Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (L) celebrates scoring the team's second goal with Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba
Manchester United's English midfielder Jesse Lingard (L) celebrates scoring the team's second goal with Manchester United's French midfielder Paul Pogba

"He was a phenomenal player, that doesn't mean that we all have to be phenomenal. Paul (Pogba) tries to do his best all the time. Sometimes he plays very well, sometimes he plays well, and sometimes he does not play so well.

"It is not Paul's fault that he made much more money than Paul Scholes. It is not Paul Pogba's fault, it's just the way football is.

"But I think Scholesy will be in the history like a phenomenal player, not as a pundit. So I prefer to look at him as a phenomenal player who gave so much to the club I am proud to represent and every day I try to do my best.

"If Paul one day decides to be a manager, I wish that he can be 25 per cent as successful as myself, because 50 per cent is 12 and a half silverware, 25 per cent is around six. If he is 25 per cent, he will be quite happy.

"In my mind, Paul Scholes a phenomenal player, one of the best players I have ever seen playing in midfield and he gives so much to my club, I only can thank him for that, because the prestige of this club is based on people like him, so successful here."

Mourinho also saluted Jesse Lingard's impressive progress.

Mourinho's side were holding onto a slender lead given to them by Anthony Martial when Lingard took possession with nine minutes left at Goodison Park.

Seconds later the points were in the bag as the 25-year-old weaved through the Everton defence and curled a fine finish into the top corner.

It was Lingard's 10th goal of the season and his fourth in his last five appearances.

After spending much of his United career struggling to hold down a place, Lingard has thrived under Mourinho, who was full of praise for his development.

"One thing is to be a young talent, another thing is to be a very good player," Mourinho said.

"Some players are not capable of that jump. They go from great potential to normal players. Lingard is giving that jump.

"He is more consistent, he is adaptable, he understands better the game, he is going in a good direction."

Lingard's contribution wrapped up United's first win in four games after a run of draws had left them lagging behind Premier League leaders Manchester City.

United are still 12 points adrift of their Manchester rivals, but Mourinho, who has criticised his stars recently, took heart from the way his players battled to subdue Everton.

"Our pride, our effort, everything was top class and on top of it we played very well," he said.

"It wasn't a performance of tired boys, with the worst possible calendar that you gave us." Mourinho has called for substantial backing from United's owners as he plots several signings in a bid to catch City.

Asked if he would be bringing in new faces in the January transfer window, Mourinho added: "I don't know about transfers.

"In this moment we are in trouble, in two to three weeks time maybe we recover and we breathe in a different way.

"Can we improve now or do we wait util the summer? I cannot say."