Paul Scholes appears to launch bizarre attack on two Manchester United stars in deleted rant

Paul Scholes
Manchester United icon Paul Scholes -Credit:(Image: Getty)

Manchester United great Paul Scholes has seemingly taken to social media to criticise youngsters Kobbie Mainoo and Alejandro Garnacho, suggesting they're not meeting the high standards expected at the club.

In a now-deleted Instagram story, Scholes commented on a photo of the pair wearing hoods during training, writing: "Don't mind hats and gloves but no way can you train properly with your hoods up."

He added: "Standards begin on the training pitch... Bye!" Mainoo and Garnacho have been standout performers for United this season, yet Scholes' remarks indicate he believes there's no room for complacency.

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The image of the two players donning their hoodies at Carrington sparked the United legend's reaction. Despite their contributions on the pitch, Scholes pointed out that professionalism starts with the right attitude in training and his abrupt sign-off, "bye", could imply a call for manager Erik ten Hag to take action if necessary.

Scholes' post was swiftly removed from his Instagram account but had already been captured and circulated online, sparking debate among fans. Mainoo could be in line for an England call-up for Euro 2024 after breaking into Erik ten Hag's team with a string of impressive performances.

The 18-year-old has started the Reds' last 11 Premier League matches, scoring a stunning equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Liverpool last weekend. Winger Garnacho, 19, has meanwhile been United's most consistent wide player this season, providing 10 direct goal contributions in 29 Premier League appearances.

And Ten Hag believes these young stars, as well as defender Willy Kambwala, 18, highlight that despite a disappointing campaign, there is a bright future at Old Trafford. "I am very pleased, very happy and it is another signal and message of the future of Manchester United," the Dutchman said last week.

"This team, the squad has high potential and if we get more players available, especially in the backline ... then the future will be very good."