Paul Scholes claims Man United defended like U10s during loss to Basaksehir

Paul Scholes claims Man United defended like U10s during loss to Basaksehir

- Paul Scholes has blasted Man United for defending like ten-year-olds

- Demba Ba was left free on goal from the halfway line to score his team's first goal

- The Red Devils lost their first Champions League game to Istanbul Basaksehir

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Paul Scholes has criticized Man United's poor defending during their 2-1 loss to Turkish side Istanbul Basaksehir in the Champions League.

The Red Devils became the first English team to lose in this season's competition despite having a promising start with victories over PSG and RB Leipzig.

Although United remain top of Group H, Scholes has described Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side defending as Under 10s football.

Paul Scholes claims Man United defended like U10s during loss to Basaksehir
Paul Scholes claims Man United defended like U10s during loss to Basaksehir. Photo by Salih Zeki Fazlioglu
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Demba Ba was left free from the halfway line as the Senegalese forward single-handedly carried on a one-man counter-attack to break the deadlock in the 12th minute.

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The scores being at 0-0 before Ba's early goal, Scholes does not see any reason for leaving their defence open at that stage of the game.

He told BT Sport:

"Surely you always have someone back on the halfway line, they’re pointing at Matic. You’re always goalside, it’s like Under 10s football.
"You can understand if it’s last minute but it’s the first 10 minutes, it’s embarrassing.
"The defenders have to be better, forward play could be better as well. Defensively they’ve got to take responsibility, you have to defend one-on-one sometimes when you’re at Manchester United they seem incapable of doing it."

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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported Istanbul Basaksehir vs Man United ended in a surprise 2-1 win for the Turkish champions at the Basaksehir Fatih Terim Stadyumu.

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Former Liverpool striker Demba Ba and Edin Visca's goal were enough to seal the win while United's only goal came through Anthony Martial.

Ba put his side ahead with a sensational goal after a long ball caught United's defence napping as the Senegalese finished off the move to make it 1-0 in the 12th minute of the match.

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