Eric Ten Haig shouting at Scott McTominay Credit: PA Images
Paul Scholes believes Eric ten Haig can afford to play the only one – or neither – of Fred and Scott McTominay to move to Manchester United.
The often maligned midfield pair were again under the microscope for their performances in a 2–1 loss to Brighton on the opening day of the season. For example, Fred failed to track a run that resulted in one of Pascal Gross’ two goals.
McTominay, meanwhile, was lucky to remain on the pitch after receiving only a yellow card for a high, studded challenge on Moises Caicedo.
Manchester United Deep midfield has failed to bring the pair into competition so far this summer. His main target has been Barcelona playmaker Frankie de Jongo.But very little progress has been made recently.
Clearly, the club would benefit from more options to compete with Fred and McTominay during the season. After all, they are numerically down after the exits of Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba over the summer.
In fact, former midfielder Scholes believes Ten Haig cannot rely on his early opening pair in midfield and that one or both should be left out throughout the season.
“It was a shocking start for Man Utd and the first half was really embarrassing,” said Scholes premier league productions,
“There were signs from the first few minutes that it was going to be bad.
Scholes calls McTominay ‘ridiculous’
“McTomin was always trying to run with the ball, ridiculous. The quality was really bad in the middle of the pitch.
“I was glad he wasn’t sent off but I think he was a little lucky. Again, he’s running with the ball instead of passing it, absolutely ridiculous.
“It could easily have been a red card. The quality was not very good anywhere in the middle of the pitch but we have seen with these two players for the last few years.
“With Fred and McTominay, She” [Ten Hag] Only one of them will have to be played, but even one of them is probably too many.
“Fred gives the ball away all the time and McTominay constantly tries to run with the ball and then drops it. Give it to your best players! It’s not that hard. It’s a day criminal like today.”
Neither Fred nor McTominay lasted 90 minutes. He was replaced by Cristiano Ronaldo (whose introduction prompted Christian Eriksson to drop deeply) and Donny van de Beek, respectively.
Ten Hag doesn’t have many other options to rely on, so some transfer business may be expected before the window closes.
That said, he admitted in his post-match interview that he felt the current players could have done better anyway.
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