Scholes accuses one ‘cheating’ Man Utd star of ‘ruining the whole team’

Joe Williams
Former Man Utd midfielder Paul Scholes during his role as a pundit

Paul Scholes has claimed that Man Utd striker Mason Greenwood “ruined the whole team” with some poor decision making against Liverpool in a 5-0 loss.

Mohamed Salah scored a hat-trick as Jurgen Klopp’s rampant Reds enjoyed their biggest ever win at Old Trafford after Naby Keita and Diogo Jota had opened the scoring.

Former United defender Gary Neville labelled it a “monstrous day” but said that the board were “unequivocal” in their support of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who won the treble with the club in 1999.

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And Scholes picked out Greenwood in the build-up to Liverpool’s first goal with the Man Utd striker running out of position to close down Virgil van Dijk.

“Tactically it was bad today, really bad,” Scholes told Premier League Productions. “But on the other side of that players have got to have some kind of common sense as well.

“You think about Mason [Greenwood] in that first instance going to close him down, that was almost cheating.

“He knew he wasn’t going to get the ball and he knew it looks like he was going to close him down but he knew he was just going to pass it and he can’t do anything.

“It’s almost a cheating way of sprinting to him, they pass it and then he has a little walk back because he thought, ‘I’ve done my bit’. But he hasn’t done his bit, he’s ruined the whole team, all the team get pulled out of position, [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka has to come out, [Victor] Lindelof ends up at right-back, then there’s all of the space in the middle.

“All of a sudden, from Mason not doing his job properly, the team attacking, Salah played Keita in, he could’ve played Alexander-Arnold in, he could’ve played Robertson in. It was ridiculous the way it happened, sometimes players have got to use their common sense.”

Former Man Utd midfielder Scholes now thinks it could be hard for Solskjaer to hold onto his job after getting the tactics all wrong on Sunday.

Scholes added: “It’s going to be very difficult [for Solskjaer] to come back from it, you really don’t know.

“You do have to question tactics, today of all days, we keep going back to it, playing those two in midfield [Fred and Scott McTominay] virtually on their own. It was almost two against five players at times. It’s impossible for any midfielder.

“We can sit here and say Fred and McTominay aren’t good enough for Man United in centre midfield to win a league, but when you’re exposed as they are it’s impossible for anyone. This was always going to happen, playing a game like that against a top-class team, this was always going to happen.

“I think the players have to take a bit of criticism as well. We keep bigging them up, saying how special a group we think he’s produced – but a lot of these players have won nothing.

“Cristiano [Ronaldo] has come in, he’s won, [Edinson] Cavani, he’s won, [Raphael] Varane and [Paul] Pogba, they’ve won things. The rest of them have still got to prove they can win trophies.

“It’s alright saying we think they can, they play as if they think they can, but for four years now they’ve not been good enough to win a trophy. We can’t just lay it all on Ole.”