Paul Scholes criticised Manchester United midfield pair Fred and Scott McTominay for displaying an absence of high quality and combat throughout their defeat by Arsenal.
United didn’t construct on a superb 5-Zero Champions League win over RB Leipzig as they went down 1-Zero to Mikel Arteta’s facet at Outdated Trafford, the fourth time this season they’ve didn’t win at residence.
Fred was hooked after an hour and McTominay was the goal of many followers’ flak because the pair failed to deal with Arsenal’s press, as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s determination to play a diamond midfield backfired.
Scholes was essential of your complete staff’s efficiency however believes the 2 central midfielder set the tone for a woeful afternoon.
“It’s as poor as I’ve seen Manchester United at Outdated Trafford to be sincere with you,” Scholes instructed Premier League Productions. “You need to give Arsenal credit score, they have been superb however on different hand you need to count on extra from United and the 2 midfield gamers particularly.
“I mentioned at half-time when you’re going to get your finest, most artistic gamers who can rating objectives on the ball then the 2 in midfield should have some form of possession and a few form of management however the high quality was lacking from them two.
“They have been taking part in as centre halves, not central midfield gamers.”
Scholes additionally questioned United’s dedication to get again into the competition as soon as that they had fallen behind to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s second-half penalty.
He added: “There was an absence of combat, an absence of spirit, an absence of dedication to get balls into the field, to create probabilities such as you’d count on with 10 minutes to go.
“They ran out of concepts and solely had two photographs on the right track, certainly one of which was [Nemanja] Matic on his right-foot. It’s a disappointing afternoon however one they’ll should bounce again from.”