Paul Scholes slams Fred and Scott McTominay for ‘lack of fight’ against Arsenal


Scott McTominay started in a diamond midfield (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Scott McTominay and Fred were to blame for the side’s dismal display in a 1-0 defeat to Arsenal on Sunday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ended Arsenal’s run of 26 matches without a win away against a top-six rival by converting a second half penalty for a deserved win at the Theatre of Dreams.

United started in a diamond formation that accommodated Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Fred and McTominay but Mikel Arteta’s side dominated in the first half and forced Solskjaer into breaking up his midfield after the interval.

Though United improved at the break, Arsenal went on to find a winner after Pogba brought down Hector Bellerin in the box and Scholes believes Fred and McTominay failed to contribute in both a defensive and attacking sense.

Scholes was unimpressed by United’s display (Picture: DAZN)

‘It’s as poor as I’ve seen Manchester United at Old Trafford to be honest with you,’ Scholes told Premier League Productions.

‘You have to give Arsenal credit they were very good but on other hand you have to expect more from United and the two midfield players especially.

‘I said at half-time if you’re going to get your best, most creative players who can score goals on the ball then the two in midfield have to have some kind of possession and some kind of control but the quality was missing from them two.

‘They were playing as centre halves not central midfield players. There was a lack of fight, a lack of spirit, a lack of determination to get balls into the box, to create chances like you’d expect with 10 minutes to go.

‘They ran out of ideas and only had two shots on target, one of which was Matic on his right-foot. It’s a disappointing afternoon but one they’ll have to bounce back from.’

United take on high-flying Everton in their next Premier League game and Solskjaer can ill-afford another defeat with the pressure mounting on the Norwegian.

Despite their performances in Europe, United have just seven points from their opening six Premier League matches and languish in 15th.

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