Patrick Vieira criticises Scholes’ return

Patrick Vieira has stated that Manchester United’s decision to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement is a sign of weakness, and that their youth system is not as potent as it used to be.

The former England international playmaker made a sensational return to action half way through this campaign, however Vieira, who is now a Football Development Executive at Manchester City, has criticised the decision.

“Paul Scholes is a player that I really love and admire, one of the best English players of the last few years, and seeing him come back is good for him and for United,” he is quoted as saying in The Daily Mail.

“But for him to come back just shows a little bit of weakness in United, because they had to bring a player back who was 37.

“I think it shows that, in the next few years, it will be really difficult for United to cope with other teams because, with all the respect I have for Scholes, him coming back shows that they don’t have talent in there to replace him.

“When you see United losing young players like Ravel Morrison and maybe Paul Pogba, they should be really worried because that wouldn’t have happened in the past,” he concluded.

By Gareth McKnight