Paul Scholes slates Manchester United for starting slowly as he urges Marcus Rashford to be more clinical despite his late winner against Bournemouth
- Manchester United won 2-1 at Bournemouth in the Premier League on Saturday
- Striker Marcus Rashford came off the bench to bag the winner in stoppage time
- Ex-United star Paul Scholes was not happy with how the team started the game
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes is growing increasingly frustrated with how his former side are setting up tactically at the start of matches.
United began Saturday’s game at Bournemouth poorly and were 1-0 after 11 minutes, but they improved and turned it around with goals from Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.
United made a double substitution just before the hour-mark when Rashford and Ander Herrera were introduced in place of Juan Mata and Fred.
Marcus Rashford (left) scored a last-gasp winner as Manchester United beat Bournemouth 2-1
Former United star Paul Scholes was at the Vitality Stadium to cover the game for BT Sport
Scholes was encouraged by how United played after that double change and he told BT Sport: ‘The second half was a lot better. Rashford made a big difference and Herrera in midfield released (Paul) Pogba and he started running in the second half.’
Rashford’s winner arrived in the second minute of stoppage time, but Scholes believes the youngster should have scored earlier in the game.
Scholes said: ‘Marcus has missed a chance which he should have scored.
‘He finishes well but should have scored before that.’
United starting slowly has been a common theme in recent matches, with dreadful first halves against Newcastle and Chelsea fine examples of this.
Scholes has called for the Red Devils to kick off on the front foot and play to their strength, which he believes is attacking.
He added: ‘As soon as they come out in every game they set up defensively, they sit off, sit back, never getting to the ball early on, never getting to players.
‘And they can’t defend. The back four have shown week in, week out that they are going to concede chances and the keeper usually saves them.
‘The strength of this team has to be their attacking ability. They’ve got so many good players going forward that they have to come out and try to start game this way.
‘It’s not until they go a goal down or two goals down at times that they start to play.’
No 10 Rashford scored from close range late on but Scholes said he should have netted earlier
Scholes also criticised United for starting slowly after his former side fell behind on 11 minutes
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