Paul Scholes explains why Manchester United underperformed last season

Paul Scholes explains why Manchester United underperformed last season

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has explained the cause behind his former team’s poor performances last season.

Having finished 2nd behind Manchester City last two seasons and reached the Europa League final, many had high hopes on Man United and a few more went as far as to expect Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to finally challenge for the Premier League title following the summer signings of Raphael Varane, Jadon Sancho and Cristiano Ronaldo.

The Norwegian started the season brightly, recording wins over Leeds United and Wolves and a draw against Southampton before the return of Ronaldo.

It’s as though Ronaldo’s return unsettled everything Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had kept in place in pre-season and would eventually get sacked in November after he failed to arrest what many described as a horrid run of poor form, losing 4-1 to Watford, who are now in relegation.

Ralf Rangnick, who was appointed as his temporary manager last year, started well with a tight win over Crystal Palace but would still succumb to whatever led to Solskjaer’s sacking.

The German guided United to a dreadful 6th-placed finish with zero goals on aggregate in the Premier League and crashed out in the Champions League Round of 16. While the season approached it’s end, many agreed Manchester United would have made more signs of improvement had United board gave Solskjaer more time at the helm.

Scholes has suggested that Manchester United players were behind United’s poor run of form, insisting that they refused to follow their manager’s instructions.

“It looked like players were taking the piss a little bit,” Scholes told Sky Sports. “They were doing what they wanted, they were going on the pitch being in their own world, doing what they wanted to do rather than what was expected of them.”

Manchester United have been in a decent run of form this season under new boss Erik ten Hag, having won five games in their last six games in all competitions.

United will look to maintain their consistency when they face Manchester City away from home on Sunday in the Premier League.

Pep Guardiola’s men are the strong favourites to get all three points this weekend but in football, anything is possible and that’s what the Dutchman would tell his overwhelming squad.