Scholes slams Man Utd duo for ‘criminal’ roles in defeat

Date published: Wednesday 9th December 2020 8:18 - Will Ford

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Paul Scholes has criticised a Manchester United duo for their “criminal” roles in RB Leipzig’s third goal as they knocked his former side out of the Champions League on Tuesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side had to avoid defeat to qualify for the last 16 but found themselves two goals down in the first 13 minutes and three down before a late comeback.

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Solsksjaer (sort of) took the blame for the defeat after the game, but Scholes slammed Harry Maguire and David de Gea for their part in Leipzig’s third goal.

“You never felt they were going to create enough chances to come back into the game,” Scholes told BT Sport.

“David De Gea here… he bottles it. He’s scared of getting himself hurt. He makes himself smaller, it’s criminal.”

“You should never go across your box like that. Harry Maguire is wooden and stiff and De Gea, as a goalkeeper you come out and make yourself as big as you can.

“You might get smashed in the face or get injured but he turns his back away. He actually makes himself smaller. It’s criminal for such an experienced goalkeeper.”


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