Victor Lindelof: Scholes blames Swedish defender after Man United Europa League exit

Victor Lindelof: Scholes blames Swedish defender after Man United Europa League exit

- Victor Lindelof has been blamed for Man United's exit from the Europa League

- The Red Devils dumped out of the competition after suffering 2-1 defeat to Sevilla.

- Paul Scholes blamed Lindelof for the club's ousting from the competition

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Man United legend Paul Scholes believes Victor Lindelof should be replaced from the first team following the side's disappointing defeat to Sevilla in the Europa League.

Lindelof was largely responsible for Sevilla's second goal and ultimate winner as the La Liga side dumped United out of the European tournament.

The Julen Lopetegui-tutored outfit staged a dramatic comeback to win on Sunday night, August 16, in Cologne to book a place in the Europa finals.

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United had taken an early lead through Bruno Fernandes before Suso equalising in the 26th minute.

Victor Lindelof: Paul Scholes faults Swedish defender after painful Sevilla loss
Paul Scholes took issue with Lindelof's poor defending that saw Sevilla net a second goal to dump Man United out of Europa League. Photo Credit: Getty Images
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Luuk de Jong went on to net the winner 12 minutes before stoppage time to leave United ruing their missed chances moments into the second half.

Scholes delivered a scathing attack on United's poor defending, but singled out Lindelof for blame.

"There’s a lot wrong with the goal. You can almost blame the whole back four for this goal. Williams doesn’t get to the ball, where Maguire is, I don’t know. But for me Lindelof is the biggest problem," Scholes told BT Sport.

And when asked who his former side should be prioritising to sign, the legendary midfielder was clear he felt the Swedish defender has to be replaced by a more "dominant" centre-back.

"I think they could do with a centre-half, I’ve said that all along. I’m not sure Lindelof is going to be good enough as a partner for Maguire. I think they need a more dominant defender next to him," the former England midfielder added.

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United came into the match with the hope of getting the perfect revenge over the La Liga side who also eliminated from the Champions League back in 2018 under then boss Jose Mourinho.

And the side got things off to a flying start, with Bruno Fernandes scoring the Red Devils' opener inside nine minutes of gameplay from the penalty spot after Marcus Rashford was brought down in the area.

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