Scholes hits out at ‘criminal’ Man Utd player for not trusting his team-mate in Liverpool humbling

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Man Utd legend Paul Scholes looks frustrated

Man Utd legend Paul Scholes has labelled some of Lisandro Martinez’s defending in their 7-0 loss to Liverpool as “criminal”.

A week on from lifting the Carabao Cup, the Red Devils put in their most humiliating performance of the season as they were thrashed by arch-rivals Liverpool.

Gakpo opened the scoring  two minutes before the half-time interval as Jurgen Klopp’s side went on to score six second-half goals.

Mo Salah and Darwin Nunez helped themselves to a brace each as Gakpo added another before Roberto Firmino – who will be leaving at the end of the season – put the icing on the cake late on.

And Scholes was furious with Martinez’s role as Man Utd conceded the first goal before the break with the Argentina international moving in front of David de Gea as the ball was being struck by Gakpo.

“I certainly don’t think it helps De Gea,” Scholes told Premier League Productions at half time. “I don’t think he’s quite in line at the point it’s kicked but David can also think the ball might hit him.

“But when he [Gakpo] does hit it, he has gone right past him. You see David’s reaction there towards Martinez, he doesn’t quite have a go at him, but I think he should do.

“I think it happened a couple of times, once before with Robertson where he ended up clearing it off the line, he’s going far too deep, he should be getting up the pitch, can he stop the shot or have an effect on the shot rather than get in the keeper’s way.

“He needs to trust his goalkeeper. This is a top goalkeeper we’re talking about, do not get in his way. If anybody gets in the goalkeeper’s way it’s criminal.”

The Man Utd legend insists it is “difficult not to be embarrassed” after the result at Anfield but he reckons it was just a “freak result”.

Scholes added: “There’s a naivety about this from United, team and players; they’ve let in six at Man City and now seven at Liverpool. These are places where you need to go and stop teams playing, and they haven’t done that.

“It’s difficult not to be embarrassed by that result.”

Scholes continued: “It’s a freakish result for Manchester United, everything went against them – but they’ll have to accept it and get over it. It’s not just three points lost, there’s a couple of positions where you think they’re a bit short in games like this, but it’s difficult to be too critical of this team.

“It’s just such a freak result; the question now is whether there’s a hangover, and I think they’ll come out of this okay.”

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