PAUL SCHOLES has urged Manchester United’s experienced players to “step up” as they are setting a bad example to the youngsters.
The Old Trafford legend claimed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are at least two years away from challenging for the title.
United are without a win in their last three Premier League games following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton.
Scholes slated a number of the club’s senior players including Paul Pogba after the poor performance at St Mary’s.
The 44-year-old told Premier League Productions: “I am disappointed. It looked like from when the moment Juan Mata went off, actually.
“I was surprised because I thought if anybody is going to create something it’s Juan Mata.
“But it wasn’t the young players I was disappointed with, it was more the experienced players.
“When Matic came on he constantly gave the ball away, Ashley Young gave the ball away, I don’t know how many times Paul Pogba lost possession.
“These are the people that young players are looking up to, the examples you’re looking at.
“I think you almost have to write United off for the next two years, this team, until Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has cleared everything he wants out, has four or five transfer windows.
“United are going to be behind Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
“I think this is United at the minute, you have to be patient with the young players, but the experienced players have to step up.
“We’ve seen over and over again how many mistakes experienced players are making, it’s difficult for young players to come into a team like that.”
SunSport exclusively revealed that Solskjaer branded his players “a joke” in the dressing room after the match.
But they will be hoping to put last weekend’s woes behind them when they welcome Leicester City to Theatre of Dreams on Saturday. — The Sun