The recent 1-0 defeat to Newcastle United only adds to the string of disappointments for the Red Devils, highlighting their worrisome trend against top-half rivals under the management of Erik ten Hag.
While November saw the team secure three consecutive Premier League victories without conceding a goal, Scholes deems these results misleading, emphasizing a fundamental issue – too many lazy players.
According to the former player turned pundit, the lack of effort is evident, and it’s a flaw that cannot be overlooked.
The defeat at St James’ Park serves as a stark reminder of United’s current status, prompting Scholes to label them as a “poor football team.”
He emphasizes the necessity for hard work, lamenting the team’s inability to match the enthusiasm displayed by opponents like Newcastle.
Paul Scholes Blunt Assessment Towards Manchester United
“Rubbish. They’re a poor football team at this minute,” he told Premier League Productions after Saturday’s defeat.
“Those results they’ve had recently are misleading.
“Too many lazy players on the football team – you can’t get away with that.
Joining the critique, Jermaine Jenas takes aim at the players’ body language, suggesting discontent with tactics and positions on the pitch.
Marcus Rashford faces particular scrutiny for his poor on-field demeanor, with Jenas expressing concern over the player’s commitment and the negative impact on team dynamics.
As Manchester United grapples with both on-field struggles and internal issues, the questions surrounding their performance persist. The criticisms from Scholes and Jenas underscore the challenges facing the team under ten Hag’s management, adding fuel to the ongoing discourse on United’s quest for redemption in the Premier League.