Paul Scholes criticises three Man United players after Southampton draw

Paul Scholes digs out three Man United players following the Red Devils' 1-1 draw at Southampton

Paul Scholes
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes (Photo: BT Sport)

Paul Scholes has singled out Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba and Ashley Young for criticism after Manchester United’s 1-1 draw at Southampton last weekend.

Manchester United took the lead in the first half at St Mary’s thanks to Daniel James’ impressive opener, but they were pegged back after half-time when Jannik Vestergaard headed home.

The result left Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men with just one win to their name in the Premier League this season, with the Red Devils currently in eighth place in the table on five points.

Manchester United legend Scholes has now had his say on the performance at St Mary’s on Saturday afternoon.

The former Red Devils midfielder was particularly impressed by Juan Mata’s display against the Saints.

However, he was far from impressed by the performances for Matic, Pogba and Young during the draw.

Speaking in an interview quoted by Metro, Scholes said: “I am disappointed. It looked like from when the moment Juan Mata went off, actually,’

“I was surprised because I thought if anybody is going to create something it’s Juan Mata. ‘But it wasn’t the young players I was disappointed with, it was more the experienced players.

“When Matic came on he constantly gave the ball away, Ashley Young gave the ball away, I don’t know how many times Paul Pogba lost possession.

“These are the people that young players are looking up to, the examples you’re looking at.

“I think you almost have to write United off for the next two years, this team.

“Until Ole Gunnar has cleared everything he wants out [and] has four or five transfer windows, United are going to be behind Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.

“I think this is United at the minute, you have to be patient with the young players, but the experienced players have to step up.

“We’ve seen over and over again how many mistakes experienced players are making, it’s difficult for young players to come into a team like that.”

Manchester United will return to Premier League action after the international break when they take on Leicester City in front of their home fans on Saturday 14 September.

The Red Devils are aiming to break back into the top four after finishing sixth and without a trophy last term.

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