The days in which Manchester United were a force in Europe, renowned for their swashbuckling, attacking style of football, are long gone.
The three-time European Cup winners tumbled to another setback in the Europa League tonight, stuffed 2-1 in Turkey by Fenerbahce.
Paul Scholes, a member of United’s vaunted ‘Class of 92’, was around for many famous European nights, both at Old Trafford and abroad.
But he is fearing for the future of the Red Devils, claiming that it could take at least another two years before Jose Mourinho can bring success back to the club.
“It’s been quite a painful three years really and I think the next eighteen months to two years could be similar until this manager has three or four transfer windows to really get a team that he wants,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“I think, in two years, this team will be unrecognisable from what it is now but whatever we do in this two years has to be a bonus.
“Whether they can win the League Cup, whether they can win the FA Cup. Can they win this competition?
“It doesn’t look like it and they’ve shown in the last three years that they’re not capable of winning the league with this squad.”
By Steve Osborne @BlizzardSteve75