Paul Scholes thinks Manchester United played like a “team of strangers” in their 1-0 victory over Partizan Belgrade on Thursday night.
United tasted victory away from home for the first time since March’s remarkable Champions League triumph at Paris St Germain by digging deep on a difficult night in Serbia.
Partizan pushed to the death, backed by a raucous home support, but Anthony Martial’s first-half spot-kick proved enough as United came through Thursday’s Europa League clash with a hard-fought 1-0 win.
United’s performance in a 1-1 draw against Premier League leaders Liverpool provided Scholes with some encouragement but he was brought back down to earth with their display in Belgrade.
“I think after the Liverpool game, there was a little bit of encouragement,” Scholes told BT Sport. “But then you come back to tonight and it seems very similar to the start of the season.
“It’s like a team of strangers, it’s like they’ve never played with each other before. There’s no link between the midfield players and the strikers. The weight of pass at times was so bad.
“You want to be encouraged you want to see some bits of good play now and again, a one-two here and there, the number 10 receiving the ball on the half turn, but there’s a lack of encouragement.
“I think defensively they were quite poor as well tonight,’ he added. “Second half there was only one team that looks like scoring. I don’t see anything. A lot of the games they’re going to have the ball but they have to be cleverer.”