Paul Scholes took a sly swipe at Romelu Lukaku following Manchester United’s 1-0 victory over Benfica in the Champions League on Wednesday.
The Red Devils won the match courtesy of a mistake from Benfica goalkeeper Mile Svilar – who carried Marcus Rashford’s long-range free-kick over the goal line.
Svilar was playing in his first-ever Champions League fixture at the age of 18 years and 52 days, making him the competition’s youngest goalkeeper.
The Belgium Under-19 international was clearly distraught at the thought he could’ve cost the Portuguese side a point and Lukaku was seen consoling him at the final whistle.
Although admitting that Lukaku’s encouragement was a nice gesture, Scholes used the subject as an opportunity to talk about Lukaku’s performance in the limp affair.
“That’s probably the closest Lukaku got to him all night to be fair,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“Lukaku is a nice lad, he’s probably just given him some encouragement. Hopefully he can bounce back.”
Meanwhile, Steven Gerrard – who was also a pundit on BT Sport – claims Benfica boss Rui Vitoria “stitched” the young goalkeeper up by playing him in the Champions League too early.
“The mistakes will overshadow all the good bits he did out there,” Gerrard said. “Everyone will be talking about this mistake but it’s about the manager.
“The manager has stitched him up when he’s not ready for Champions League football.”