‘It’s like Under-10s football… embarrassing!’: Paul Scholes tears into Manchester United’s hapless defenders with Rio Ferdinand ‘flabbergasted’ after Demba Ba’s extraordinary opener for Istanbul Basaksehir
- Paul Scholes slammed Manchester United’s defending as embarrassing
- United left Demba Ba alone on the halfway line while taking their own corner
- The ball was cleared to Ba who was able to run through on goal and finish
- Scholes said it was like Under 10’s football to not have at least one defender back
Paul Scholes slammed Manchester United‘s defending as ‘Under-10’s football’ after Demba Ba was left on his own to breakaway and score after a United corner.
Istanbul Basaksehir turned defence into attack after they cleared the ball up to Ba who was all alone on the halfway line. Nemanja Matic was the player closest to him but he was unable to get back to stop the striker from scoring.
Ex-United midfielder Scholes was incredulous as to how his former side could leave Ba on his own and described the defending as ’embarrassing’ and ‘all over the place.’
Paul Scholes slammed Manchester United’s hapless defending as ‘Under-10’s football’
Demba Ba was left all on his own on the halfway line and was able to run through and score
United were attacking a corner but didn’t leave a defender back with Ba as the ball was cleared
‘Surely you always have someone back on the halfway line, they’re pointing at Matic. You’re always goalside, it’s like Under 10’s football.
‘You can understand if it’s last minute but it’s the first ten 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 1v1 sometimes when you’re at Manchester United they seem incapable of doing it.’
Rio Ferdinand also added he was ‘flabbergasted’ by his former side’s defending.
‘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.’
Former United striker Robin van Persie was also critical of how United had left themselves open from their own corner.
‘Defensively it’s very poor,’ said the Dutchman.
‘I don’t think I remember seeing a goal like that conceded. You always have at least one, normally two players at the back.’