‘Can anyone remember wingers HELP their fullbacks?’: Paul Scholes criticizes Man United’s wide men Sancho and Antony for abandoning Dalot and Malacia as Man City ripped them apart
- Paul Scholes posed the question on social media the day after United’s loss
- The ex-United midfielder shared a photo of Ryan Giggs and David Beckham
- Scholes suggested United’s wingers should do more in the 6-3 loss to Manchester City
- Jadon Sancho and Antony were disappointing during United’s visit to the Etihad
Paul Scholes has dealt a blow to Manchester United wingers Jadon Sancho and Antony after their 6-3 derby loss at Etihad.
The former United midfielder did a sly dig at Sancho and Antony in a post on Instagram. Accompanied by a photo of Ryan Giggs and David Beckham, Scholes wrote: ‘Anyone who remembers when wingers helped their fullbacks?’
Erik ten Hag’s men were torn apart by their fierce local rivals after hat-tricks from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden saw Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City riot on Sunday afternoon.
Paul Scholes made a cunning dig at Jadon Sancho and Antony after the Man City debacle
Scholes took aim at United’s wingers after putting their fullbacks in the Etihad . had left
United fullback Diogo Dalot (L) gives Antony some defensive in-game instructions
Scholes seemed to suggest that Sancho and Antony were abandoning United full-backs Diogo Dalot and Tyrell Malacia.
City took a 4-0 lead at halftime after two goals from Erling Haaland and Phil Foden, with many of the home side’s attacks coming down the flanks.
Dalot and Malacia had both been shown yellow cards in the 25th minute as City’s stunning frontline left United’s defences ragged.
Erling Haaland (L) and Phil Foden rioted 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 fullbacks, Gary Neville and Denis Irwin, during Scholes’ time at United.
Dalot was featured at one point during the match in protest against Brazilian winger Antony, Ajax’s £80 million summer arrival who scored the first of United’s three consolation goals against City.
Malacia, another summer addition under Ten Hag, became addicted to Luke Shaw during halftime.
Roy Keane, who played alongside Scholes at United, was left fuming by the display in his post-match analysis of the game.
He said: ‘From the point of view of the players, they should be really ashamed of themselves. You can’t go in half way in a 4-0 derby match, that’s very embarrassing.
As brilliant as City were, United were desperate. Especially in midfield. Defending by the store. Even the consolation, they scored a few goals, but the game was over, City were out.’
Neville was also scathing about United’s performance. “Manchester United players have bottled it, there’s no doubt about it,” he told Sky Sports.
“They haven’t played this derby at all. I expected so much more.
‘There has been no rest. They never settled. They were anxious and nervous at the ball and taken apart by an excellent team.”
Haaland has now scored three consecutive hat-tricks at home, the first player to do so in Premier League history.
Scholes played with hard-working wide players such as Beckham and Giggs during his time at Old Trafford
As a result of his own hat-trick, Foden made history when he scored 50 goals under Pep Guardiola at an even younger age than Lionel Messi did 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 have to regroup for a Europa League visit to Omonia Nicosia in Cyprus on Thursday, before taking on Frank Lampard’s Everton on Sunday.
Full-back Malacia endured a tough time against City’s prolific frontline and was addicted to the calm