Saturday 21 September 2019

WATCH: Paul Scholes identifies Man United's big weakness as Mourinho lets rip in his press conference

Manchester United players observe a minutes silence for Armistice Day and also the victims of the Leicester helicopter crash, which included Leicester Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha the Premier League match at The Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth.
Manchester United players observe a minutes silence for Armistice Day and also the victims of the Leicester helicopter crash, which included Leicester Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha the Premier League match at The Vitality Stadium, Bournemouth.
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United have to play to their strengths if they are to revive their flagging fortunes, after suggesting their defensive frailties will undermine their ambitions this season.

Marcus Rashford snatched an injury time winner to see off Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium on Saturday, but Mourinho suggested after the game that his team were fortunate not to be 5-1 down at half-time after what he described as a disastrous opening 45 minutes.

Scholes agreed with Mourinho's sentiment that United got lucky to see off a committed Bournemouth side, as he suggested the negative mentality in Mourinho's side is holding them back.

"As soon as they come out in every game, they set up defensively," Scholes told BT Sport. "They sit off, they sit back. They never get to the ball, they're never tackling the ball early on, they never get into players.

"The strength of this team for me has to be their attacking ability. They've got so many good players going forward that they have to come out and try and start games this way, it's not until they go a goal down, or two goals down at times, that they start to play.

"I don't think the problem is going forward. The problem is at the back. I thought in the second half they were a lot better.

"Rashford coming on made a big difference and Herrera as well allowed Paul Pogba to be released, but give credit to Bournemouth as well, they kept going and created chances. Winning the game, was that a fair result? I think in the second half they just shaded it."

Mourinho didn't hold back in his criticism of his players after the game, as he revealed what he said to Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe at the end of the game.

"The whole first half that was a disaster and we were defensively awful," fumed Mourinho. "I told their manager it should have been 5-1 at half-time, but we were lucky.

"I can't explain why they play like this. I really can’t understand this kind of mentality that brings me more white hair."

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