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17th Oct, 2016 | 10:49am

Paul Scholes makes bold statement about Liverpool ahead of Manchester United showdown

By Harvey Byrne

Paul Scholes has stated that if he was to bet on Liverpool against Manchester United then he would side with his former club’s fiercest rivals.

The ex-United midfield talisman spent 21 years at the club and played in a great number of clashes between two of England’s most famous team’s.

It would be assumed that Scholes would have built up a hatred for Liverpool after spending the entirety of his career at Old Trafford, but surprising many he has turned his back on his old club and backed the Reds for victory.

The now 41-year-old pundit stated his reasoning as manager Jose Mourinho didn’t know his best team yet and that there’s still too much confusion around the club.

“If you were betting, you would be betting on Liverpool,” Scholes started to tell the BBC.

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“He (Mourinho) was not ruthless enough in the off-season. There is so much confusion about who should play.

“What I saw of Mourinho at Chelsea, he had 13 or 14 players who played every week. He never rested players even in the League Cup or whatever competition he was in.”

Mourinho took over from Louis Van Gaal in the summer and the Portuguese boss looked to create his own team bringing in £150million worth of talent.

A large proportion of that was spent on bringing Paul Pogba back to the club, who has so far failed to live up to his mega price-tag.

However, despite Scholes’ claims still only three points and three places separate Liverpool and Manchester United in the league table with the Reds in fourth on 16 points and United in seventh on 13.

In other Liverpool news, Jamie Redknapp has stated this attacking duo could suffocate Manchester United if they play out of the back.