Paul Scholes has named the only Manchester United player that he had to constantly tell how to attack.
The Red Devils encountered a shock defeat on Wednesday night in Turkey.
Istanbul Basaksehir emerged 2-1 winners over Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s men to put serious pressure on the Norweigan.
It follows a disappointing home defeat to Arsenal and it makes Everton’s match at the weekend pivotal.
United fans would not be blamed for longing for yesteryear under Sir Alex Ferguson.
But Scholes has admitted he was constantly on Nani’s case to get him to attack properly after comparing him to Marcus Rashford.
He said: “Players need to know their strengths. Marcus’ [Rashford] strengths is running in behind, Mason Greenwood’s strength is running in behind because of his pace.
“Now if you’ve got time on the ball you should be able to play that ball over the top to them.
“If you’re a central midfielder for Manchester United you should be able to play that ball over the top. I’m not sure if Fred is. He might be.
“I was lucky enough to play with great forwards – Robin, Van Nistelrooy, Andy Cole, all players who ran in behind and you didn’t need to tell them.
“I probably only played with one player who had to constantly tell – it was Nani.
“Nani had the strength to run in behind people but you had to keep telling him.
“It looks like Marcus is the same, looks like Mason is the same. You’re the quick players in the team.
“You want to stretch the team. OK if it’s not on, if Fred can’t make the pass then create space for your Pogbas for your Fernandes because the back four are pinned back.
“Sometimes Fred needs to demand more.”
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Meanwhile, Solskjaer has dismissed talk of him being on the verge of the sack.
He said: “I decline to comment on such a thing. It is early on. Opinions are there all the time. We have to stay strong.
“I am employed by the club to do a job and I’m doing that to the best of my ability with my staff.”
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