Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has labelled the current Manchester United squad as ‘mentally weak’ after their ‘collapse’ in our Champions League defeat against Bayern Munich.
Despite an encouraging start, the team became demoralised after conceding two avoidable goals in the space of four second half minutes, and they rarely looked like staging a comeback.
Heads visibly dropped after Bayern opened up a two-goal lead and the story was largely the same last weekend in our defeat to Brighton.
Former Red Devils midfielder, Scholes insists the club will struggle to make progress until we rid themselves of our ‘soft underbelly’.
He told TNT Sports: “I just felt on the night Man United weren’t quite good enough. There’s a weakness to them, there’s a soft underbelly to them, when it’s going wrong they do seem to collapse a little bit.
“The score, yes they scored three goals, you can’t deny that’s good coming to a stadium like this. But I always felt if United scored Bayern would just turn it on for the next five minutes and could’ve scored another one. I thought there was a big distance between the teams, in that second half especially.
“I think this is almost going to be an identical season to last year. They are a cup team. They could possibly win the FA Cup or the Carabao Cup, they are just not at this level yet. I think the summer has hindered them from getting where that next level is and we saw tonight that they are below this level.
“When you look at the game as a whole, I thought Manchester United did well but still conceded two goals early on and lacked that concentration.
“Those three goals flattered Manchester United, I thought they were outclassed in the second half really. There is experience in this team, but it’s not being used.”