Paul Scholes blames Fred and McTominay for Man United defeat vs Arsenal

Paul Scholes blames Fred and McTominay for Man United defeat vs Arsenal

- Paul Scholes believes Fred and Scott McTominay did not do enough defensively and in attacking to help United earn a favourable result against Arsenal

- Both Fred and Scott McTominay started in the midfield in a diamond formation that included Pogba and Fernandes

- However, Arsenal managed to dominate in the middle of the park, forcing Solskjaer to tweak his team set up

- The Gunners still went on to score the winner that sunk United in what was their first EPL win at Old Trafford since 2006

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Paul Scholes has singled out Man United midfield duo of Fred and Scott McTominay for blame after the Red Devils' 1-0 defeat to Arsenal at Old Trafford.

Paul Scholes blames Fred and Scott McTominay for Man United defeat vs Arsenal at Old Trafford
Paul Scholes believes Fred and Scott McTominay did not do enough defensively and in attacking to help United earn a favourable result against Arsenal. Photo by Stuart MacFarlane.
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A second half penalty scored by Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was the difference in the Sunday, November 1, match as the Gunners carted home all the three points.

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Paul Pogba conceded the resulting spot-kick in the 69th minute of the encounter after he fouled Hector Bellerin in the area.

Aubameyang stepped up to convert the penalty to hand the visitors a deserved win away from home.

Despite Pogba being largely responsible for the result, Scholes believes Fred and McTominay are to blame.

The two midfielders were drafted in the starting XI in a diamond formation that included Bruno Fernandes and Pogba.

However, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was forced to rethink his team set up after the Gunners appearing to dominate the first half in the middle of the park.

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Whereas United went on to strike a balance after the tactical tweak, this still could not stop Arsenal from bagging a winner.

Scholes has now blamed Fred and McTominay of failing to contribute in both defensive and attacking as expected.

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"You have to give Arsenal credit they were very good but on other hand you have to expect more from United and the two midfield players especially," Metro UK quoted the United legend saying.
"I said at half-time if you’re going to get your best, most creative players who can score goals on the ball then the two in midfield have to have some kind of possession and some kind of control but the quality was missing from them two," the ex-midfielder added.

The result left the Manchester side rocked in 15th on the standings after a dismal start to the campaign.

They will be looking to make amends when they take on high-flying Everton at Goodison Park in their next league match.

Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang made history when he stepped up to convert a spot-kick after Paul Pogba conceded the penalty following a trip on Hector Bellerin in the area.

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Aubameyang made history when he stepped up to convert a spot-kick after Paul Pogba conceded the penalty following a trip on Hector Bellerin in the area.

The penalty saw Aubameyang become the first Arsenal player to convert one at the Theatre of Dreams after two previous attempts.

Robin van Persie and Gilberto Silva both had their efforts from the spot fail to hit the target in 2011 and 2006 respectively.

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