Jose Mourinho Lashes Out At Paul Scholes: 'He Will Not Be Remembered As A Pundit'

Jose Mourinho has launched a stinging attack on Paul Scholes over his comments on Manchester United's most expensive player Paul Pogba.

Pogba was instrumental in United's 2-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park on Monday (January 1), assisting both Anthony Martial's opening goal and Jesse Lingard's long-range strike.

After the game, Mourinho took the opportunity to hit back at Scholes, who won 25 trophies in 19 years with United, after he had claimed Pogba was unfit and "strolling through games."

"The only thing Paul Scholes does is criticise," said Mourinho, as quoted by the BBC. "He doesn't comment, he criticises.

"It's not Paul Pogba's fault that he makes much more money than Paul Scholes. It's just the way football is.

"I think Scholes will be in the history books as a phenomenal player, but not as a pundit."

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Jose Mourinho at Goodison Park, Liverpool, England, January 1. Mourinho has hit back at comments from ex-Manchester United player Paul Scholes. Clive Brunskill/Getty

Scholes had questioned Pogba's work-rate after United's 0-0 draw with Southampton on December 30, their last game of 2017 and third straight draw in the Premier League.

But the 43-year-old former midfielder also queried whether Pogba was being utilized in the right way. "I think he's being asked to play a role where he's not comfortable," the BT Sport pundit said.

"You have to say the manager has to take responsibility for that."

Mourinho did alter Pogba's position for the Everton game, playing him on the left of midfield with Ander Herrera and Nemanja Matic, allowing him more license to get forward.

Asked whether the criticism from high-profile former United players frustrated him, Mourinho said: "I think they would love to be here, in the club. That's a problem that I cannot resolve."

United's win took them back up to second in the Premier League table, overtaking Chelsea but remaining 12 points behind rivals Manchester City at the summit.

United is two points ahead of Antonio Conte's Chelsea but they have a game in hand and are due to play Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Wednesday.

Mourinho's next task is in the FA Cup, as United hosts Derby County, second in the Championship, in the fifth round on Friday. The Portuguese coach will be focused on progressing his team as the Cup may be one of the only opportunities of silverware this season.

United also faces Sevilla in the last-16 of the Champions League in February.