Manchester United threw away yet another lead in their Premier League match at home to Southampton, dropping more points in their battle for a top-four league finish
Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes pulled no punches in his assessment of his old club after their Premier League draw against Southampton.
It was a familiar story for United, who threw away a lead to drop two points, just as they had against Burnley and Aston Villa in recent weeks.
Jadon Sancho gave Ralf Rangnick’s side a half-time lead, finishing off a counter-attack by tucking home Marcus Rashford’s cross.
But Che Adams levelled things up shortly after the restart and while United had a goal disallowed for offside as they tried, and failed, to find a way past Fraser Forster for a second time, they once again frustrated their fans at Old Trafford.
Scholes was in the BT Sport studio covering the game, and the 47-year-old didn’t hold back after more dropped points left Rangnick’s men outside the Premier League’s top four.
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“You look at United, they were all over the place,” Scholes said. “At one point McTominay was left on his own in midfield, then it was Pogba left on his own in midfield.
“Where Bruno Fernandes was playing I don’t know. He’s all over the pitch.
“The two wide players, for me they just didn’t work anywhere near hard enough.
“This game isn’t always about being in possession, sometimes you need to do things that give you a bit of pain, you don’t like doing it. So often this team jogs back and it’s so easy to play against.”
United had chances to retake the lead, with Cristiano Ronaldo straying offside before finding the net and Harry Maguire seeing an effort well saved by Forster.
However, the visitors actually had the better chances to snatch victory, and Scholes praised the “fantastic” Saints after hitting out at his former employers.
“There’s a lack of interest now. It’s been a bad seven days, it’s been really a bad six or seven months,” he said, before questioning the appointment of Rangnick given the interim manager’s background.
“The season’s not been good enough – the sack [for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ] following was coming. We all knew that, we all felt that but where was the plan?” Scholes asked.
“This is Man United, they should have the best of everything.
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“To not have a plan and to bring in what is technically a sporting director, I think he’s coached a team two years out of the last ten.
“Don’t get me wrong, I like the man, I think he comes across really well. His team, he looks like he lacks experience in coaching over the last few years, his team, they’re a team of individuals.”
The draw means Manchester United have picked up just nine points from six Premier League games since the turn of the year, and they also suffered FA Cup elimination after throwing away a lead against Middlesbrough.
They can expect to go into their midweek game against Brighton & Hove Albion outside the top four, with West Ham United and Tottenham Hotspur both in action on Sunday.