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Paul Scholes identifies Man Utd’s “sloppy” area that has become a “real problem”

Paul Scholes claims Manchester United’s clean sheet record is far below par and singled out the player most responsible.

The Red Devils claimed all three points with victory over Newcastle on Sunday night, but conceded a soft goal in their 3-1 win.

Just six minutes after Marcus Rashford gave the hosts the lead at Old Trafford, Allan Saint-Maximin pounced on Harry Maguire’s clearing header to fire beyond David de Gea.

Though Newcastle were not especially threatening up to that point, Manchester United goalkeeper De Gea looked uncomfortable between the posts.

The Spaniard’s wayward distribution and shaky work under the high ball spurred on the Magpies’ attackers.

Scholes claims the Red Devils’ defensive record is “not good enough”

Conceding against Newcastle means Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have only kept eight clean sheets in 25 games, and Scholes admits United’s defensive vulnerability is a major cause for concern at his former club.

“Yeah, [the clean sheet record is] not good enough,” the Old Trafford legend told BT Sport .

“We mentioned it before the game, I think that is the biggest weakness in this team.

De Gea is struggling to keep clean sheets this season
De Gea is struggling to keep clean sheets this season

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“David again, so sloppy, it’s becoming a real problem. Having the confidence in your goalkeeper, and short corners, United had one out for two or three corners, this is the one where David again, can you catch that? He punches it into a really bad area.”

Meanwhile, Scholes believes signing a “dominant” centre-back partner for Harry Maguire would go a long way to addressing Manchester United’s broader defensive frailties.

He added: “I said before the game I think that they’re missing a real dominant centre-back. You look back at the history of the teams that win leagues, they have real leaders in the back four.

“I think Maguire possibly could be but I think they need somebody with him who could be really dominant in that position, really commanding, can bully a centre-forward, can demand from the rest of the squad around him on and off the pitch as well. I just think they’re missing that.”

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