Scholes pinpoints “big moment” that saw Man Utd lose control in Everton draw
Paul Scholes feels as if Paul Pogba’s exit was the moment Manchester United “lost control” in their draw with Everton.
The Frenchman started in midfield but was forced off with an injury scare on 40 minutes.
Fred came on to replace him when the Red Devils were leading, but they ended up drawing 3-3 as Dominic Calvert-Lewin grabbed a stoppage time equaliser.
Scholes felt as if the Brazilian and Scott McTominay were unable to cope with Everton’s midfield trio.
Their dropped points means United have again opened the door for leaders Manchester City to extend their lead.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have only won two of their last six in the league and Scholes believes it will be “difficult” for them to catch their rivals.
“That’s a big blow. If you’re talking about title hopes, it’s a big blow for them. Of course it is,” he told Premier League Productions post-match.
“I just feel Paul Pogba going off was a big moment in the game. I thought they had complete control up to that point. Fred coming on, they lost control in the middle of the pitch.
“[Andre] Gomes, Doucoure and [Tom] Davies really started to take control of the game and that was a big blow for United. Conceding a goal that late, it’s not a good look. Are they totally out of it?
“It’s going to be difficult from now on I think. But they’ve got to keep going, they’ve got to keep fighting, they’ve got to keep believing.”
United’s workload is set to increase with their FA Cup tie against West Ham beginning a run of four games in 12 days.
Solskjaer though has claimed his side are not in contention for the title and instead wants to see them to continue their development.
He said: “We’re not talking about winning titles. We’ve come a long way this team. We shouldn’t even be considered as title-chasers.
“That’s one for you [the media] – we’ve got to be better as a team and let’s see where we end up.”