Manchester United legend Paul Scholes gave Mason Greenwood both barrels after their 5-0 thumping against Liverpool, accusing the forward of “almost cheating” his fellow teammates for the opening goal.
Manchester United suffered one of the most humbling defeats in their illustrious history on Sunday when falling to Liverpool 5-0. The Reds were clinical in attack, but several of their goals came directly from United errors.
Indecision between Harry Maguire and Luke Shaw contributed towards Diogo Jota’s goal, while Paul Pogba was dispossessed in a dangerous area leading up to Mohamed Salah’s hat-trick strike.
But it was the opening goal that caused United legend Scholes to react with the greatest anger.
A half-hearted press was easily bypassed by Liverpool, with Greenwood and then Aaron Wan-Bissaka failing to apply the necessary pressure.
And speaking to Premier League productions in the post-match fallout (via the Mirror), Scholes took aim at Greenwood specifically.
Scholes described Greenwood’s token press as “almost cheating”. Furthermore, he claimed the youngster “ruined the whole team” with his inadequate effort.
“Tactically it was bad today, really bad,” said Scholes – who had predicted United would struggle on Wednesday night.
“But on the other side of that, players have got to have some kind of common sense as well. You think about Mason [Greenwood] in that first instance going to close him down, that was almost cheating.
“He knew he wasn’t going to get the ball and he knew it looks like he was going to close him down but he knew he was just going to pass it and he can’t do anything.
“It’s almost a cheating way of sprinting to him. They pass it and then he has a little walk back because he thought, ‘I’ve done my bit’.
“But he hasn’t done his bit, he’s ruined the whole team, all the team get pulled out of position, [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka has to come out, [Victor] Lindelof ends up at right-back, then there’s all of the space in the middle.
“All of a sudden, from Mason not doing his job properly, the team attacking, Salah played Keita in, he could’ve played Alexander-Arnold in, he could’ve played Robertson in.
“It was ridiculous the way it happened, sometimes players have got to use their common sense.”
Lingard clarifies exchange with angry Man Utd fan
Meanwhile, Jesse Lingard has explained his touchline exchange with Manchester United fans during Sunday’s 5-0 home defeat to Liverpool.
United’s fans booed the hosts off at half-time with Liverpool already 4-0 up. Hundreds decided to leave Old Trafford, but the majority opted to stay and prolong their agony. And Lingard was the mis-guided target for some United fans as he warmed up by the tunnel.
Lingard, who has yet to start a game in the Premier League this season, was an unused sub on Sunday. The 28-year-old though was still told to “work harder” by angry fans during the defeat.
Lingard, Paul Pogba and Diogo Dalot were warming up in the first half when the former was shouted at by United fans. The midfielder turned to them and shouted back: “I’m not even on the pitch!”
And after the game Lingard clarified exactly what was said. Speaking on Twitter, he said: “It wasn’t abuse!
“He said, ‘work harder’ like I’m not already doing that day in and day out! And I said, ‘I’m not even on he pitch.” End of!!”