Paul Scholes slammed Fred for his part in Roma’s second goal during Manchester United’s 6-2 victory at Old Trafford. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side got off to an excellent start in the first leg of their Europa League semi final as Bruno Fernandes rounded off an excellent move to open the scoring in the ninth minute. But Roma were in front by half time as Lorenzo Pellegrini equalised from the penalty spot before Edin Dzeko scored from close range. United stepped up their efforts in the second half and a double from Edinson Cavani, along with another Fernandes strike and a late effort from Mason Greenwood secured a comfortable advantage for Solskjaer’s side. But Scholes was furious with Fred’s defensive contribution in the first half. ‘That’s what Fred is in the team for, he’s in the team to stop this type of thing,’ Scholes told BT Sport when analysing Roma’s second goal.
‘From their best midfield player he gets in behind them [United’s defence]. Fred… please stop that. ‘He contributes nothing going forward and his absolute job is to stop that type of thing. And he’s been left wanting again.’
‘We know we have got creative players who can create big moments. Paul Pogba’s position today was very good in that position, he’s allowed some freedom. He’s got the foundation behind him. The diference today is we took most of our chances. ‘The character showed that they came back and didn’t lose their heads. Maybe five or 10 minutes at the end of the first half, we didn’t look great but we got ourselves together. The two goals are junior, schoolboy errors that shouldn’t happen at this level.’