The former United midfielder couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing as his former club left half of the pitch completely free to allow Ba to run clear and score
Paul Scholes couldn’t help but point the finger of blame at three people connected to Manchester United for the manner of Istanbul Basaksehir’s first goal on Wednesday.
Former Newcastle and Chelsea forward Demba Ba, now 35, was given the freedom of the United half to run completely free and unchallenged and open the the scoring for the Turkish champions, who went on to win the game 2-1.
Ba’s goal had come from a United corner, and the
Searching for answers, the United legend said that assistant coach Mike Phelan, goalkeeper Dean Henderson and midfielder Nemanja Matic all could have done more.
“It’s comical. It’s laughable really what has happened,” Scholes told BT Sport.
Scholes said the goal was “comical”
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“Normally before a game you have your set pieces, you’ll have your man who should be back on the halfway line for corners. They’ve got nobody within 20 yards of their centre-forward.
“We did see on the video Mike Phelan was trying to organise, trying to get people there. It just didn’t happen.
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“Dean Henderson, he should be able to see that as well.
“Matic, a man of his experience, you’re telling me he can’t see that man 20 yards behind him? Why would you leave him when Matic can’t run anyway?
United conceded as all 10 of their outfield players went on the attack (Image: BT Sport)
“He’s got 20 yards to make up on him. There’s no way, never in a million years is he going to get there.”
Former United defender Rio Ferdinand also hit out at the United players for the goal.
Ferdinand tweeted a picture of Ba about to break into the United half with the words: “The goals against us….please tell me someone is going nuts in that changing room and people are being made accountable.
“The shape of the team when we lose the ball for the 1st goal..