Manchester United legend-turned-pundit Paul Scholes has sent a stern warning to his former club after they claimed their third straight Premier League draw of the season.
The Red Devils have had a woeful run during the festive period, and Scholes is fearful that the club could find themselves outside of the top-four, should they fail to regain their winning momentum.
Speaking on BT Sport h/t The Express, he said: “They need to liven up this team. Top four is not guaranteed for me at this stage, there’s some good teams in there; Tottenham, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea. They’ve got to concentrate, they’ve got to liven up, the managers got to lift them.”
United started the month with an impressive 3-1 win at Arsenal, but they have since been very inconsistent with no victories in the last four games across all competitions.
As a result, the club find themselves in third spot for the first time since the start of the campaign, and the title hunt is pretty much over with Manchester City likely to fancy extending their 14-point lead with a victory over Crystal Palace.
Despite showing signs of dominance in the first period, United struggled to replicate the showing in the second-half, where they were pegged back on numerous occasions by the Saints attack.
With Romelu Lukaku potentially out for a considerable period after his head clash, Mourinho faces a huge test of his managerial skills with a key away test at Everton on New Year’s day followed by a FA Cup third round tie against an in-form Derby County.