Paul Scholes blasts Fred after the Brazilian was ‘left wanting AGAIN’ in build up to Edin Dzeko’s goal for Roma – and insists it was midfielder’s ‘job’ to prevent Italians’ swift attacking move
- Paul Scholes has slammed Fred for his role in Edin Dzeko’s goal for Roma
- The Manchester United star failed to pick up Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the build up
- And Scholes says that the Brazilian was ‘left wanting again’ for the Red Devils
- United rallied to overturn their first-half deficit and blitz the Italians on Thursday
Paul Scholes has slammed Manchester United midfielder Fred for his role in Edin Dzeko’s goal for Roma on Thursday night as the Red Devils legend said the Brazilian was ‘left wanting again’ at Old Trafford.
United suffered a first-half scare in their Europa League semi-final first leg against the Italians, with a Lorenzo Pelligrini penalty and a Dzeko tap-in putting the visitors ahead at the break after Bruno Fernandes scored the game’s opening goal.
Dzeko bagged his sixth goal in five Old Trafford appearances, finishing off a fine attacking move for Paulo Fonseca’s side in which Pelligrini laid the ball on a plate for the veteran to slot home.
Paul Scholes has blasted Fred after the Man United star’s lapse led to a Roma goal on Thursday
However, Scholes pointed the finger at Fred in the aftermath, suggesting that the fault of Roma’s second goal lay solely at the Brazilian’s door for failing to do his job and stop the supply line of Henrikh Mkhitaryan who played in Pellegrini in the build up.
‘That’s what Fred is in the team for, he’s in the team to stop this type of thing from their best midfield player,’ Scholes said on BT Sport.
‘He gets in behind him. Fred, please stop that, he contributes nothing going forward and his absolute job is to stop that kind of thing and he’s left wanting again.’
The Brazilian (L) failed to stop a pass into Lorenzo Pellegrini before Edin Dzeko struck home
Former United midfielder said Fred was ‘left wanting again’ and failed to do his ‘job’ for United
Former Man City striker Dzeko gave Roma the lead after Pelligrini scored from the spot following a controversial handball given against Paul Pogba.
The Frenchman made a sliding challenge to stop a cross from entering the United box and the ball struck his wayward arm as he went to ground.
‘First of all, it’s a terrible throw-in from Wan-Bissaka, some full-backs don’t look right throwing the ball and he doesn’t. Roma are right onto it,’ Scholes added of the incident.
United rallied to score five goals in the second half to take control of the Europa League semi
‘What is he supposed to do? He’s sliding to block the ball, the only thing he’s trying to do is get his arm out of the way and it hits him – there’s absolutely nothing he can do about that.’
United rallied at half-time and blitzed their rivals in the second half, as Edinson Cavani, Fernandes, Pogba and Mason Greenwood added to the scoresheet to win the game 6-2 and give Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side a huge lead heading into the second leg in Rome.
Solskjaer has failed to win in four semi-finals as United boss and has his best chance of breaking that hoodoo next week and book their place in Gdansk for the final on May 26.
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