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     Sam Allardyce believes Everton can cause further upset to United's season
GETTY Sam Allardyce believes Everton can cause further upset to United's season

14 January, 2018

"It's just the way football is", he sneered. "I know he's a Manchester guy - he came through the Academy, he knows the club and what it's like to be a United player".

He produced heroics, creating Anthony Martial's opening goal before a playing a part in Jesse Lingard's superb strike who wrapped up all three points. In a paragraph entitled "Jose Mourinho will leave Manchester United", football writer Daniel Storey wrote, "Ah yes, the elephant in the room". He claimed several former United players turned pundits were driven in their criticism by an unfulfilled desire to have a job back at Old Trafford.

Was Mourinho right to respond to Scholes' comments or is this a further example of some people's opinions that the United boss is in the midst of a meltdown which will ultimately lead to his inevitable departure from the club?

The 25-year-old has now scored seven times and has also made two assists in his last 10 outings in all competitions to become a key member of Mourinho's team. We found a way to play without a player like Lukaku or like Zlatan with more dynamic and more freedom.

Mourinho also suggests that the former footballer is jealous of the French midfielder, Pogba, because of the salary he receives. "If Paul one day decides to be a manager, I wish that he can be 25 per cent as successful as myself", added Mourinho. "If he's 25 percent, he'll be quite happy".

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"We will compete always, we competed and we didn't have I think nine players".

United next take on Derby County in the FA Cup and Marcus Rashford is expected to start at the apex of the Red Devils' formation while Lukaku will be in contention to feature in United's next Premier League game, a home tie against Stoke City on Monday.

That Scholes is seen as some sort of black sheep tells you all that is wrong with United - a paranoid institution, obsessed with commercialism and increasingly divorced from the footballing values which made it great.

Speaking after Saturday's 0-0 draw with Southampton, Scholes said: "He doesn't look like a player who will win you games - that's what you pay £90m for". Paul Pogba teed up Martial on the edge of the area and he stroked a sublime finish into the top corner for his ninth goal of the season.

Meanwhile, United move into second place ahead of Chelsea who face Arsenal on Wednesday night.

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