Paul Scholes has launched another attack on ‘moaner’ Jose Mourinho as their bitter war of words erupted again.
The Manchester United legend reckons rivals Manchester City and Liverpool are laughing at his club and that boss Mourinho is a shadow of his former self.
Scholes even thinks superstar Lionel Messi would struggle in this United team — but insists he would NOT sack the Old Trafford chief yet.
He said: “I loved watching his interviews, his cockiness. I thought he was brilliant, but that Jose has gone. Now it’s just a moaning Jose which frustrates you. He’s moaning at his players and what he hasn’t got.
“But look at what he does have. He tells people he’s the best coach, so he should now prove that. He has been given fortunes to spend and bought a lot of these players.
“He bought two centre-halves who don’t look good enough. If he doesn’t think they’re good enough, coach them and make them better.
“I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.”
Scholes’ two-footed lunge in an interview with ESPN came on the day that Mourinho was hit with an FA charge for alleged abusive comments made to television cameras.
Mourinho’s tirade, for which he could face a two-match touchline ban, has been interpreted as a blast at TV critics, including Scholes and former team-mate Rio Ferdinand.
The boss has also three times made a gesture with his little finger, believed to be mocking the size of the manhood of one of his critics.
Scholes added: “United now feels like Liverpool from years ago, like we’re making all the same mistakes as they did.
“United were champions of England and we were watching Liverpool and City and smirking as they changed managers and players every year, never getting anything right.
“I feel people at Liverpool and Man City are looking at us and laughing like we did at them.”
United are eighth in the Premier League with three defeats from eight games, including a 3-1 beating at West Ham.
But Scholes still thinks Mourinho should get more time. He said: “The West Ham game looked like the biggest sign of players not wanting to play for Jose but I would not sack him.
“I hope the situation is retrievable. I’d like Jose to show why he’s such a great coach because this is his biggest test in football.”