Paul Scholes has revealed his disappointment at the performances of Manchester United’s senior players during last weekend’s 1-1 draw at Southampton.
United failed to win for the third consecutive Premier League game at St Mary’s, as Jannik Vestergaard’s towering header cancelled out Daniel James’ opener for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Scholes was critical of the performances of several of Manchester United‘s experienced stars, admitting below-par showings from Nemanja Matic, Ashley Young and Paul Pogba contributed to a poor result for his former side on the South Coast.
“I am disappointed. It looked like from when the moment Juan Mata went off, actually,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.
“I was surprised because I thought if anybody is going to create something it’s Juan Mata.
“But it wasn’t the young players I was disappointed with, it was more the experienced players.
“When Matic came on he constantly gave the ball away, Ashley Young gave the ball away, I don’t know how many times Paul Pogba lost possession. These are the people that young players are looking up to, the examples you’re looking at.
“I think you almost have to write United off for the next two years, this team, until Ole Gunnar has cleared everything he wants out, has four or five transfer windows, United are going to be behind Manchester City, Liverpool, Chelsea and Tottenham.
“I think this is United at the minute, you have to be patient with the young players, but the experienced players have to step up.
“We’ve seen over and over again how many mistakes experienced players are making, it’s difficult for young players to come into a team like that.”