Scholes picks out two Man Utd men not ‘at the level’ to play for the club after Liverpool loss
Paul Scholes doesn’t think Man Utd striker Wout Weghorst has enough quality to play for the club as he also raises doubts about Diogo Dalot.
The Red Devils were thrashed 7-0 by arch-rivals Liverpool on Sunday in a defeat that brought Man Utd back down to earth with a bump after their Carabao Cup final win over Newcastle a week earlier.
Cody Gakpo, Darwin Nunez and Mo Salah all scored two each as Roberto Firmino bagged the final goal in a perfect Sunday afternoon for Liverpool.
Man Utd have been in great form recently under Erik ten Hag with defeat in that manner coming as a shock to everyone.
None of the Man Utd players covered themselves in glory but Scholes now doubts Weghorst – who signed on loan from Burnley in January – has the necessary quality to remain at the club beyond the end of the season.
Scholes told Premier League Productions: “You’re talking about a Manchester United No.10 or a centre-forward, he’s in the team to be defensive. He’s the one who runs about and rats about and everybody likes playing with him because he does that.
“But quality-wise as well you’ve got to have a certain level of quality to play for Man United… it’s not there.
“Look, I don’t want to be too disrespectful. I don’t want to be too disrespectful to the team because they’ve been great, they’ve just won a trophy.
“I keep saying the word ‘freakish’, that is a really freakish day that, that is a really freakish day. I think they’ve got the experience, the character, the quality in the team to recover from that.
“I think there won’t be many players who have had beatings like that, but somehow they’re going to have to respond. I think on Thursday night he’ll freshen up, there’s a decent-sized squad now who have got a little bit of confidence about them, they’ll be looking at that thinking, ‘I should be playing’, they should be staking a claim for a place.”
Bruno Fernandes has been criticised for many over his antics during the match and Scholes picked out his compatriot Dalot as a potential “problem” for Man Utd going forward.
“I actually feel sorry for him [Fernandes] when he’s played,” Scholes added.
“He’s been pushed out to many positions to do a job for the team, he was on the left today, he’s been on the right, he’s played through the middle, he has been a little bit all over the place. You can’t say any of the players performed the way they should have done but I thought he was especially poor today, it wasn’t his greatest afternoon.
“But I think there are a couple of players in that team that when it comes to big games like this I don’t think they’re quite at the level.
“I think the right-back position could be a problem. They clearly need a centre-forward if [Anthony] Martial’s going to have the injury record he’s got.”
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