Scholes slams Man Utd star for ‘contributing nothing’ in Roma win

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes slammed Fred for his part in Roma’s second goal during the Red devils’ 6-2 win at Old Trafford.

United got off to a good start in the first leg of their Europa League semi final as Bruno Fernandes rounded off an excellent move to open the scoring in the ninth minute of the clash.

But Roma were in front at the break as Lorenzo Pellegrini equalised from the penalty spot before Edin Dzeko got a goal from close range.

United stepped up their efforts in the second half and a double from Edinson Cavani, along with another Fernandes goal and a late effort from Greenwood secured a comfortable win for Solskjaer’s side.

But Scholes was angry with Fred’s defensive contribution in the first half of the game.

‘That’s what Fred is in the team for, he’s in the team to stop this type of thing,’ He told BT Sport when analysing Roma’s second goal.

‘From their best midfield player he gets in behind them [United’s defence]. Fred… please stop that. ‘He contributes nothing going forward and his absolute job is to stop that type of thing. And he’s been left wanting again.’

Meanwhile, Solskjaer hit out at Scholes and his fellow BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves after the duo suggested that Manchester United needed to change personnel at the break.

‘It’s easy up there thinking who should play… but who should not play?’ said Solskjaer. ‘That’s a very good team, it worked really good against Tottenham. Mason Greenwood should be disappointed not to be playing but it’s about balance. Maybe those two should try to leave players out and pick a team with balance.

‘We know we have got creative players who can create big moments. Paul Pogba’s position today was very good in that position, he’s allowed some freedom. He’s got the foundation behind him. The diference today is we took most of our chances.

‘The character showed that they came back and didn’t lose their heads. Maybe five or 10 minutes at the end of the first half, we didn’t look great but we got ourselves together. The two goals are junior, schoolboy errors that shouldn’t happen at this level.’


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