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09th Nov 2023

Paul Scholes isn’t afraid to point the finger of blame for Man United’s problems

Lee Costello

Paul Scholes

It’s an ever-growing list of names.

Man United legend Paul Scholes wasn’t afraid of pointing the finger at who he thinks is the problem on the team at the moment, following their 4-3 defeat to Copenhagen in the Champions League.

United got off to a dream start with new boy Rasmus Højlund scoring two goals in just 28 minutes to give his side a 2-0 lead, but thens quickly went from bad to worse when Marcus Rashord was controversially sent off after a VAR check.

Before half time the game wast 2-2, although momentum looked to be back in favour of the Red Devil’s when they were awarded a penalty that was converted by Bruno Fernandes.

It wasn’t to be their night though as Copenhagen scored twice more in the last ten minutes to record a historic victory in the club’s history and pile on the misery at Manchester.

Paul Scholes isn’t afraid to point the finger of blame for Man United’s problems

Ex United midfielder Scholes wasn’t afraid to name names when it came to pointing the finger of blame, and he makes some good points when’d doing so.

“I think Bruno Fernandes needs to help [Rasmus] Hojlund a bit more,” the United legend told TNT Sports.

“This is a young lad who’s come over from a different country, he’s not scored a Premier League goal. He’s so young and he needs help.

“I think Fernandes needs to get as close to him as he possibly can, because half the time he’s out, all over the pitch. Play your position and help the kid out and this lad will score goals.”

Former Real Madrid star Raphael Varane was also in the line of fire for Scholes as he came on as a substitute to replace the injured Johnny Evans.

“I think whichever centre-back he plays, I think they have to play counter-attacking football because none of them are that quick,”12§ the 48-year-old continued.

“Varane was quick and now, is he losing his legs a little bit? They have to rely on that pace a little bit.

‘The manager emphasised how much he missed a settled back four and a holding midfielder – I still don’t think he’s got that.

“He’s had too many players that have been inconsistent and out of form so it’s very difficult for him to pick a team that is in form and that can do the job.”

The common detonator of Man United’s centre backs is a big concern for Erik ten Hag.

When you take into consideration that Evans is 35, while both Maguire and Varane are 30, they don’t have a young, mobile option in that position anymore to compliment the more experienced centre back.

Fans didn’t expect the Northern Ireland international to play as much first team football as he has done this season, and they especially didn’t think maguire would be starting as often considering how Erik ten Hag tried to sell him in the summer, and stripped him of his captaincy.

Varane however, is one of the first names you would expect on the team sheet so to see him performing as he did last night will be a big concern for the Old Trafford faithful.

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