‘They don’t want to put a shift in’: Paul Scholes tears into Man United after dropping points AGAIN at home to Southampton and says Ralf Rangnick’s men are ‘so easy to play against’ and ‘all OVER the place’
- Man United were held to their second successive league draw on Saturday
- They have not won any of their three matches in all competitions this month
- Paul Scholes was not happy with the level of commitment from some players
- He also felt the team lacked shape, with players popping up all over the pitch
Paul Scholes slammed Manchester United’s stars for ‘not wanting to put a shift in’ after his old club dropped more points against Southampton at Old Trafford.
United were pegged back in a 1-1 draw after taking the lead for the third game in a row, and Scholes took aim at the players for failing to work harder for interim manager Ralf Rangnick.
‘These Manchester United players do not want to do the ugly side of the game,’ Scholes told BT Sport.
Jadon Sancho scored from close range to put Manchester United ahead in the first half
Che Adams finished past David de Gea shortly after the break to earn Southampton a point
‘You watch the game and it is glaringly obvious that the players do not want to put a shift in for this club, which is crazy really.
‘From what I saw, I don’t think the players were working hard enough to stop another team play football.
‘You look at the team sheet. There are a lot of very good players in that team – you could name every one of them.
‘But with talent you have to work hard as well. I feel sorry for the manager because he is clearly trying his best to set his team up to play against this type of team (Southampton) and they are either not listening, can’t do it or don’t want to do it.’
Paul Scholes was highly critical of United’s display as they dropped more points in the league
Rangnick defended his players against Scholes’s criticism but admitted that they need to be better at the ‘nasty’ side of the game after throwing away leads against Southampton, Burnley and Middlesbrough.
‘I don’t think anyone should believe the players don’t care,’ said Rangnick. ‘I don’t think the players aren’t willing to do that, they don’t want to give away points.
‘The question is how can we get more compact and aggressive and nasty when it is about defending a lead. It is the major issue, but not about the players not wanting to do that.
‘The players can be tough, but the question is for what period of time and for which moments.
‘If I see the goal we conceded, like the goal at Burnley, it is too easy. It’s not even difficult for Burnley and Southampton to score these goals. Against Middlesbrough it was similar.
He has claimed United did not have a plan in place when they appointed Ralf Rangnick
‘We were fully aware after the last couple of games that it would be important to be as compact and proactive and aggressive as we could be, and avoid the transitional moments Southampton are very good at.
‘Then exactly that happened again and 10 seconds later we conceded a goal. That is very frustrating for me as a head coach. We are all very disappointed. It is one of our major problems.
‘Our team has a lot of technical players and it is difficult for them to stay compact for a long period of time. This is one of our problems.
‘The other is that we don’t take all the chances we create. Today we had an expected goals ratio of 2.57 to 0.57 of Southampton. Harry Maguire had two good chances, Cristiano (Ronaldo) had three or four.
Scholes has admitted he did not know where Bruno Fernandes was supposed to be playing
‘We are conceding fewer goals than before, on average less than one. But it doesn’t help if you don’t score more than one.’
Scholes’s fellow BT Sport pundit Glenn Hoddle claimed that United’s players were willing to run when they had the ball but less so without it.
‘They all want the ball,’ said Hoddle. ‘I see them come alive when they’re in possession. They’re prepared to run and make angles then. When they haven’t got the ball, I don’t see a theme.’
Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl alluded to the same point when he delivered a damning assessment of United’s willingness to track back and defend when they lose possession.
He was not happy with United’s shape, and felt it left Paul Pogba isolated at times in midfield
‘It is not a big secret that when they lose the ball that the reverse gears are not the best from everybody,’ said Hasenhuttl. ‘Then you have the chance to create something and we did.
‘We’ve had Manchester City, Tottenham and Manchester United in the last three Premier League games and not lost one.’
A second draw in five days saw United fail to reclaim fourth place from West Ham, and defender Luke Shaw said: ‘History is repeating itself again. We know it’s not good enough and it needs to change quickly.
‘There’s no way we will get in Champions League if we keep dropping points.’
United have failed to win any of their three games in February across all competitions