Old Trafford insiders have admitted the club are "uncomfortable" by the recent war of words between Jose Mourinho and Paul Scholes.

War of words a worry for United

War of words a worry for United

The Manchester United boss aimed a couple of pointed jibes in the direction of the legendary former Red Devils' midfielder, in the wake of Monday's 2-0 victory at Everton.

Scholes, now working as a pundit at BT Sport, has repeatedly questioned whether United midfielder Paul Pogba is living up to his massive £89m price tag since his return to the club from Juventus back in the summer of 2016.

Mourinho's used his post-match comments to defend his man, insisting: "The only thing Paul Scholes does is criticise", further sniping: "If one day Paul decides to be a manager, I wish that he can be 25 per cent as successful as myself."

The unedifying public spat between the Portuguese and some other members of United's legendary class of 1992, which has also seen Ryan Giggs aim criticism in Mourinho's direction, has not gone down well with club's top brass and it's understood there is now a real desire to smooth things over and United certainly don't want things to escalate any further.

Scholes and Giggs have made their feelings clear that they don't enjoy the more defensive style of play under Mourinho, especially with Pep Guardiola earning all the plaudits across the road at runaway Premier League leaders Manchester City.

United, however, are in a difficult situation and hope some constructive conversations can now take place, knowing all too well the huge regard the likes of Scholes and Giggs are held in by the hardcore support.