‘Anyone remember when wingers used to HELP their full-backs?’: Paul Scholes slams Man United wide-men Sancho and Antony for abandoning Dalot and Malacia as Man City tore them apart
- Paul Scholes posed the question on social media the day after United’s loss
- The ex-United midfielder shared a picture of Ryan Giggs and David Beckham
- Scholes suggested United’s wingers needed to do more in 6-3 loss to Man City
- Jadon Sancho and Antony were underwhelming in United’s visit to the Etihad
Paul Scholes has slammed Manchester United wingers Jadon Sancho and Antony after their 6-3 derby loss at the Etihad.
The former United midfielder made a sly dig at Sancho and Antony in a post on Instagram. Accompanied by a picture of Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, Scholes wrote: ‘Anyone remember when wingers used to help their full-backs?’
Erik ten Hag’s men were ripped apart by their fierce local rivals after hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden saw Pep Guardiola’s Man City run riot on Sunday afternoon.
Paul Scholes made a sly dig at Jadon Sancho and Antony after the debacle at Man City
Scholes took aim at United’s wingers after they left their full-backs exposed at the Etihad
United full-back Diogo Dalot (L) gives Antony some defensive instructions in the game
Scholes appeared to suggest that Sancho and Antony abandoned United’s full-backs Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia, who were left exposed as City tore the Red Devils apart.
City romped into a 4-0 lead at half-time after two goals each from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden, with a lot of the home side’s attacks coming down the flanks.
Dalot and Malacia had both received a yellow card by the 25th minute as City’s breathtaking front-line ran United’s defence ragged.
Erling Haaland (L) and Phil Foden ran riot in the Manchester derby at the Etihad on Sunday
Beckham and Giggs were known for their qualities in the attacking third but also supported their respective full-backs, Gary Neville and Denis Irwin, during Scholes’ time at United.
Dalot at one point during the match was seen remonstrating with Brazilian winger Antony, the £80million summer arrival from Ajax who scored the first of United’s three consolation goals against City.
Malacia, another summer signing under Ten Hag, was hooked at half-time in favour of Luke Shaw.
Roy Keane, who played alongside Scholes at United, was left seething by the display in his post-match analysis of the game.
He said: ‘From the players’ point of view, they really should be embarrassed. You can’t go in at half-time in a derby game 4-0 down, it’s hugely embarrassing.
‘As brilliant as City were, United were desperate. Particularly in midfield. Defensively all over the shop. Even the consolations, they scored a few goals but the game was over, City had switched off.’
Neville was also scathing about United’s performance. ‘The Manchester United players have bottled it, there is no doubt,’ he said on Sky Sports.
‘They have not handled this derby at all. I expected so much more.
‘There has been no composure. They have never settled. They have been anxious and nervous on the ball and pulled apart by an outstanding team.’
Haaland has now scored three consecutive home hat-tricks, the first player to do this in Premier League history.
Scholes played with hard-working wide players like Beckham and Giggs during his time at Old Trafford
As a result of his own hat-trick, Foden made history as he reached 50 goals under Pep Guardiola at an even younger age than Lionel Messi did it at Barcelona.
The Norwegian forward is also the first City player to score a hat-trick against United since Francis Lee in December 1970 and the third overall after Horace Barnes in 1921.
United will need to regroup before a Europa League visit to Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus on Thursday, before they face Frank Lampard’s Everton on Sunday.
Full-back Malacia endured a tough time up against City’s prolific front-line and was hooked at half-time