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Scholes' return shows United are weak, says Vieira

Manchester City official and former Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira reckons the Old Trafford legend’s comeback says a lot.

Paul Scholes: back in action.
Paul Scholes: back in action.
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FORMER ARSENAL GREAT Patrick Vieira believes the return of Paul Scholes proves there is weakness in the Manchester United squad.

Scholes announced his retirement from the game following United’s title-winning season last year. However, the former England man made a dramatic comeback earlier this year, and was named as a substitute for United’s 3-2 FA Cup win over City.

While Vieira, currently Football Development Executive at Manchester City, is full of praise for the midfield maestro, he believes Scholes’ return highlights a shallowness in the United squad.

“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,” Vieira told reporters.

“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.”

The Frenchman added that it could be a tough few years for United following the sale of Ravel Morrison and potential departure of Paul Pogba.

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“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 added.

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