Scholes slams four Man Utd stars at fault for Sevilla loss amid transfer plea

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Paul Scholes says all four of Manchester United’s defence were to blame for Sevilla’s winning goal in the Europa League semi-final.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side suffered a 2-1 defeat and were dumped out of the competition by the Spanish outfit despite taking an early lead through Bruno Fernandes’ penalty.

United were undone by some sloppy defending for Sevilla’s late winner as Luuk de Jong fired past David De Gea.

Victor Lindelof came in for heavy criticism for his positioning during the goal, which also led to a heated exchange with Fernandes, but Scholes highlighted faults from all four members of the defence.

“As much as United deserved to win and played better football at times, you have to say the second goal, the defensive part of that goal was shocking," he said on BT Sport.

"Lindelof and [Harry] Maguire both out past the near post, there’s one centre-forward, Lindelof has to see him, and then [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka as well has to cover for him if he doesn’t think he sees him.

"Surely Lindelof as a centre-half, he’s got his centre-forward, he’s got to be looking at him. The body angle is all wrong and if they avoided that, I think they would’ve gone on and scored a goal.

"Sevilla looked knackered, they looked tired to me – they didn’t look like they’d create a chance.

“You can almost blame the whole back four for this goal. Firstly, [Brandon] Williams doesn’t get to the ball. Where Maguire is, I’m not too sure, he has to drop in, surely.

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"Lindelof is the man with the centre-forward, he drops, he looks at his man. He’s got to defend the middle of his goal, he’s the centre-half. He’s past the front post.

"When Lindelof is running back in, he has a quick look at him, so he knows exactly where he was, but then, he puts his head down and doesn’t look. By that time, it’s too late.”

However, the Swede did not escape Scholes’ brutal verdict when discussing areas the Red Devils need to strengthen in the transfer window.

Lindelof has endured mixed fortunes at Old Trafford since joining from Benfica in 2017 but Scholes reckons his old side need to replace the 26-year-old with a more ‘dominant’ defender to partner captain Maguire.

“I think they could do with a centre-half," he added. "I’ve said that all along. I’m not sure Lindelof is going to be good enough to partner Maguire.

"I think they need a more dominant defender next to him.

"Their defensive record over the last 20 games or whatever it is, it’s been very good, probably one of the best in the league, so you have to take that into account too.

"I still think a dominant centre-half next to Maguire, just to cover for the slight weaknesses he (Lindelof) has.”

  • Harry Maguire
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
  • Europa League
  • Manchester United FC

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