Paul Scholes fumes at Man Utd duo who “played as centre-halves” in Arsenal loss

Paul Scholes was scathing in his assessment of Manchester United pair Scott McTominay and Fred at Old Trafford.

The Red Devils legend accused the duo of playing too defensive against Arsenal after they lost 1-0 to the Gunners.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set his side up in a diamond formation after success against RB Leipzig.

But that seemed to play into Mikel Arteta’s hands with Arsenal happy to keep United narrow.

It meant the home side were largely blunted in attack and failed to test Bernd Leno.

In the second half, Paul Pogba fouled a marauding Hector Bellerin in the box – allowing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to score from the penalty spot.

United lost to Arsenal thanks to an Aubameyang penalty

That turned out to be the only goal of the match with the Red Devils unable to break down the Arsenal defence.

And United legend Scholes was fuming with his former side – and in particular the midfield

“It’s as poor as I’ve seen Manchester United at Old Trafford to be honest with you,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.

“You have to give Arsenal credit, they were very good but on other hand you have to expect more from United and the two midfield players especially.

“I said at half-time if you’re going to get your best, most creative players who can score goals on the ball then the two in midfield have to have some kind of possession and some kind of control but the quality was missing from them two.

“They were playing as centre halves, not central midfield players.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been in charge of Man Utd for almost two years
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has come under pressure

However, for the opposition, Thomas Partey had a brilliant game – breaking up danger and pinging some excellent balls.

Scholes was in awe, stating that he was impressed by the Ghana international’s performance.

“He’s an all-round midfielder,” he added.

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“You don’t see many players like that these days.

“Midfielders are attacking midfielders or holding midfielders but a midfield players’s job is to do everything.

“You have to contribute with everything and today he did a brilliant job in all departments.”

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