Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has blasted his former side’s defending as “Under 10s football” as the Red Devils were on the receiving end of an embarrassing Champions League upset to Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir.
United slumped to a 2-1 defeat to the competition debutants, conceding two first-half goals in a woeful defensive effort.
The first goal came just 14 minutes into the match on the back of a Man Utd short corner, as Istanbul counterattacked quickly through 35-year-old former Chelsea attacker Demba Ba who was inexplicably left unmarked on the halfway line.
The ex-United midfielder Scholes lashed United’s defence as ‘embarrassing’ and ‘all over the place’.
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“Surely you always have someone back on the halfway line, they’re pointing at Matic. You’re always goalside, it’s like Under 10s football,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“You can understand if it’s last minute but it’s the first 10 minutes, it’s embarrassing.
“They’ve struggled with them attacking wise, they’ve gone with one holding player today. Defensively they’re all over the place.
“The defenders have to be better, forward play could be better as well. Defensively they’ve got to take responsibility, you have to defend one-on-one sometimes when you’re at Manchester United they seem incapable of doing it.”
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer labelled the defensive errors ‘unforgivable’.
“We play a short corner and forget about the man up top and that’s unforgivable and, of course, the second one as well we’re not very well organised to counter-press and win the ball back when we play in,” he said.
“Two soft goals to give away and then we didn’t have enough to comeback in the second half.”
Solskjaer’s former United teammate Rio Ferdinand said he was ‘flabbergasted’ by the goal.
“That’s a goal you usually see when you’re trying to get an equaliser on the 89th minute,” said Ferdinand. “I was flabbergasted seeing that. It’s a lack of respect of yourself.
“They’ve been called inconsistent, lacking teamwork. They need to get a result here.”