Paul Scholes has slammed Manchester United’s performance after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Southampton at Old Trafford.
The hosts started brightly and took a first half lead through Jadon Sancho, but they were pegged back after the break by a composed finish from Che Adams.
United also dropped points in midweek against Burnley, and they remain outside the top four.
Jadon Sancho scored from close range to put Manchester United ahead in the first half
Che Adams finished past David de Gea shortly after the break to earn Southampton a point
Scholes believes his former club have endured a nightmare campaign, and has admitted that he has doubts about whether Ralf Rangnick is the right man to turn things around.
‘The season’s not been good enough and the sack for Ole was coming, we all knew that and we all felt that. But where was the plan? You think there’s got to be a plan, they must be bringing in an elite, top coach into the football club,’ he said on BT Sport.
‘Listen, this is Man United, they should have the best of everything, and to not have a plan and bring what is technically a sporting director, I think he’s coached a team two years out of the last 10 years, and don’t get me wrong I like the man, I think he comes across well, but he looks like he’s lacked experience in coaching in the last five or six years and his team are a team of individuals.’
Paul Scholes was highly critical of United’s display as they dropped more points in the league
He has claimed United did not have a plan in place when they appointed Ralf Rangnick
Reflecting on how Saturday’s game played out, Scholes claimed that Southampton appeared to have a plan in place, while accusing United of lacking discipline and not putting in enough effort.
He continued: ‘You look at the difference today in Manchester United’s team to Southampton. Southampton were brilliant today. I thought the coaching, the methods, the patterns of play, the two centre-forwards, the midfield players, they were fantastic.
‘You look at United and they’re a little bit all over the place. One time McTominay’s left on his own in midfield, then it’s Pogba left on his own in midfield. Where Bruno Fernandes is playing I do not know. He’s absolutely all over the pitch. The two wide players for me just don’t work anywhere near hard enough.
‘And this game, it isn’t always about being in possession and doing the great stuff, sometimes you’ve got to do the stuff that is ugly. It gives you a bit of pain, you don’t like doing it. But so often this team jog back, it’s so easy to play against.’
Scholes was particularly critical of United’s defending for Southampton’s equaliser, questioning the roles of Scott McTominay, Paul Pogba and David de Gea as the Saints got back on level terms.
Scholes has admitted he did not know where Bruno Fernandes was supposed to be playing
He was not happy with United’s shape, and felt it left Paul Pogba isolated at times in midfield
‘It was a great goal and as I said before, Manchester United, they’re easy to play against. They just don’t really want to put a shift in.
‘Great ball from Fraser Forster and there’s players in space all the time, the midfield player, Elyounoussi I think it is, he’s in behind Pogba, he’s in behind McTominay and none of them are aware of that danger.
‘There’s not a lot Varane can do. Varane can’t get out to him, because his player who eventually scores the goal does score the goal, so he gets caught in between and that’s when they can play in behind.
‘It’s the lack of awareness from McTominay and Paul in the centre of the pitch, they have to be aware of stuff like that and as Glenn said, I agree, it felt like a funny angle to score from, good finish, and I didn’t expect the keeper to be going with his legs to be honest with you.
‘It’s a simple one to the side, he can probably catch it there or tip it round the post. Much more chance of saving it with his arms rather than his legs,’ he added.
United have failed to win any of their three games in February across all competitions