Paul Scholes wants Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to substitute Man Utd’s Victor Lindelof with a “dominant center-half” who should partner with Harry Maguire after losing 2-1 to Seville in their Europa League semi-finals.
A promising first full season in the Old Trafford hot-seat finishes for the Norwegian without silverware, whose team missed a glut of opportunities in Sunday’s Koln Stadium clash and were made to pay for poor defending.
Only for former Liverpool guy Suso to level and ex-Newcastle striker Luuk de Jong to secure Europa League kings Sevilla a comeback win in a pulsating battle had Bruno Fernandes’ spot-kick had August 21 finale United dreaming.
So Scholes laid the blame for De Jong ‘s winner on Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka and he reckons that Man Utd needs to find another centre-back.
“As much as United deserved to win, there’s no doubt about that, they were the better team, you have to say the second goal, the defensive part of that was shocking,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“Lindelof and Maguire, both out past the near post, there’s one centre-forward, Lindelof has to see him. Then Wan-Bissaka has to cover for him if he doesn’t think he sees him.
“Surely Lindelof as a centre-half, he’s got his centre-forward, he’s got to be looking at him, his body angle’s all wrong. If they avoid that I think they will go on and score a goal because Sevilla looks knackered.
“They didn’t look like they were going to create a chance other than that one. 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.”
When asked about the preparations for moving the Red Devils, Scholes added: “I think they could do with a centre-half, I said that all along. I’m not sure if Lindelof will be perfect enough for Maguire as a partner. I think alongside him, they need a more dominant defender.
“Lindelof’s alright, their defensive record over the last 15-20 games has been very good, but a dominant centre-half next to Maguire, just to cover his slight weaknesses.”