Paul Scholes reacts to Eric Bailly’s display in Man United’s 3-0 win over Saint-Etienne

The former Manchester United midfielder gives his blunt verdict on Eric Bailly's performance

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Paul Scholes delivered a blunt verdict on Eric Bailly’s performance after the defender struggled during Manchester United’s 3-0 win against Saint-Etienne on Thursday night.

The Ivory Coast international started at the heart of the Manchester United defence alongside captain Chris Smalling for the visit of the Ligue 1 side in the first leg of their Europa League last-32 clash.

Summer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic broke the deadlock in the first half with a deflected free-kick as the Swedish centre-forward netted hi 21st goal of the 2016-17 campaign in all competitions.

However, Manchester United almost conceded an away goal after Bailly’s poor back pass presented the visitors with a chance to beat Argentinian goalkeeper Sergio Romero.

Speaking to BT Sport after Bailly’s error-strewn performance in the first half at Old Trafford, Scholes said:

“He is off the pace. He started bad and got progressively worse as the half wore on.”

Ibrahimovic scored his second of the night after half-time before a late penalty sealed his hat-trick and a 3-0 win.

Bailly moved to Manchester United in a £30m deal from Villarreal in the summer transfer window.

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