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Paul Scholes Blasted Man United Star For Being 'Useless On The Ball' After Disappointing Performance Against Man City

Adnan Riaz

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Paul Scholes Blasted Man United Star For Being 'Useless On The Ball' After Disappointing Performance Against Man City

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has slammed Aaron Wan-Bissaka for being “useless on the ball” after his underwhelming display against Manchester City on Saturday.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer opted to use a 3-5-2 formation against the defending Premier League champions at Old Trafford.

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Wan-Bissaka was deployed as a right wing-back in United’s 2-2 comeback draw against Atalanta in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

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However, the 23-year-old right-back struggled against a dominant City performance across the 90 minutes.

Joao Cancelo caused serious difficulties for Wan-Bissaka, with the City star picking up both assists in his side’s 2-0 win at Old Trafford.

Scholes insisted that United don’t suit a 3-5-2 formation with the players at Solskjaer’s disposal.

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The former United midfielder called Wan-Bissaka a “brilliant defender,” but he was far from convinced over his ability on the ball.

“I said before the 3-5-2 doesn't suit the players in the team,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.

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“Wan-Bissaka is useless on the ball -- brilliant defender but useless on the ball at right-back.

“Three centre-halves today, none of them that good on the ball. Ole has got to find a way… There's a squad of players there that could be okay.”

Wan-Bissaka arrived at Old Trafford in 2019 from Crystal Palace in a £45m deal, which could rise by £5m through add-ons.

The United defender has started in all of his side’s 11 Premier League matches this season, as well as featuring in three of their four Champions League fixtures.

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Wan-Bissaka, who hasn’t scored or assisted this season, made 34 league appearances last season and scored twice and registered four assists.

Scholes also targeted Solskjaer with criticism after suggesting his former United teammate needs to have “conviction” with his management style and tactics.

“The conviction has to come from the coach of the way you're going to play football,” he said.

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“Ole has been here three years now and we've come here today not really knowing what he's going to do.

“That makes the recruitment almost impossible because you're not buying players for a system.

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“Three years down the line you can see the evidence on the pitch -- today and two weeks ago we are a long way off.

“I do think we've got a group of good players but Ole has to convince everyone that he is the right man to find the right formation for this team.

“Stop messing about changing it for everyone else. He's got to now have a conviction, whatever it is I don't care, just have that conviction.”

United have slipped to sixth in the Premier League table after Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Watford at the Emirates on Sunday.

The Red Devils will travel to Vicarage Road on 20th November for their Premier League clash with Watford.

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Topics: Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Paul Scholes, Manchester United, Manchester City, Premier League, England, Football

Adnan Riaz
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