Paul Scholes: Jose Mourinho should expect criticism when Man United struggle

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Paul Scholes has warned Jose Mourinho to expect more criticism as long as Manchester United aren’t challenging for the Premier League or Champions League.

The Red Devils boss has come under intense pressure over the past month or so following an alarmingly slow start to his third season in charge at Old Trafford.

Manchester United appeared to be on course for a fourth Premier League defeat in eight outings at Old Trafford on Saturday evening.

Newcastle were 2-0 up at half-time to suggest pre-match reports claiming Mourinho was set to be sacked would be realised following a disastrous first-half performance.

However, Mourinho and his Manchester United players were able to regroup in the second half thanks to goals from Juan Mata and Anthony Martial.

January signing Alexis Sanchez scored a dramatic winner on the stroke of full-time to buy Mourinho some more time to revive Manchester United’s ailing fortunes.

The Portuguese head coach has 12 days to work with his players who aren’t on international duty before Manchester United make the trip to Chelsea FC on Saturday 20 October.

Former Manchester United midfielder Scholes believes Mourinho can have no complaints about criticism aimed at the Red Devils boss given their start to the season.

“Jose Mourinho has to realise that we expect Manchester United to be challenging to win the league and do well in the Champions League,” Scholes told BT Sport.

“So when they’re down in 10th, 11th place, he has to expect some stick. I can’t see him [Mourinho] going now, it was a completely different team [against Newcastle]. They all wanted it, they all wanted to score and get the win.”

The Manchester United manager will travel to his former club Chelsea FC in their next Premier League game after the international break.

The 54-year-old was in charge of Chelsea FC between 2004 and 2007 and Mourinho returned to west London in 2013 before his dismissal in December 2015.

His record in English football is impressive following a return of three Premier League titles, four League Cups, the FA Cup and the Europa League during his stints in charge at Chelsea FC and Manchester United.

The Manchester United manager ended his second season in charge at Old Trafford without a trophy despite finishing in second place.

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