Paul Scholes has hit out at the Manchester United players after they failed to show speed, energy or desire during their 2-1 Champions League defeat at the hands of Sevilla.
Jose Mourinho’s men afforded the opposition with plenty of possession during the course of the first-half, where the Spanish side were pretty woeful with their finishing.
After the break, United appeared to start with some aggressiveness, but it came to no avail as they could not produce any clear-cut chances in the opposition box.
Ultimately, Wissam Ben Yedder gave the sucker-punch with two goals in the space of five second-half minutes, and this ended United’s hopes of of revival, despite Romelu Lukaku’s consolation.
Speaking after the game, Scholes was bitterly disappointed with the Red Devils’ showing after having initially backed them to secure a comfortable victory on the night.
“He likes to play on the counter attack and use his pace. It was very difficult watching that, it was difficult watching the first game. There’s no desire, no energy, no speed about the team,” Scholes is quoted as saying by The Express.
Jose Mourinho has enjoyed good success in the elite competition over the years, but his tactical approach for the game was poor to say the least. United rarely looked a threat on the attack, barring after they fell two-nil behind, and this surely raises questions as to why they could not maintain a similar ambition from the start.