Man Utd news: Paul Scholes wants player replaced after ‘shocking’ error in Sevilla loss

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Victor Lindelof has been blamed for an error in the loss to Sevilla (Picture: Pool via Getty Images)

The defending from Manchester United for Sevilla’s second goal on Sunday night was ‘shocking’ and Victor Lindelof should be replaced in the first team under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, believes club legend Paul Scholes.

The Red Devils were beaten 2-1 by Sevilla in the Europa League semi-finals in Cologne, despite taking the lead in the match and arguably being the better side for the majority of the contest.

However, Luuk de Jong netted a winner for the Spaniards with 12 minutes to go and Scholes was scathing of the defending, from the entire back four, but specifically Lindelof.

‘As much as United deserved to win, there’s no doubt about that, they were the better team, you have to say the second goal, the defensive part of that was shocking,’ Scholes told BT Sport.

‘Lindelof and Maguire, both out past the near post, there’s one centre-forward, Lindelof has to see him. Then Wan-Bissaka has to cover for him if he doesn’t think he sees him.

‘Surely Lindelof as a centre-half, he’s got his centre-forward, he’s got to be looking at him, his body angle’s all wrong.

‘If they avoid that I think they will go on and score a goal because Sevilla looks knackered. They didn’t look like they were going to create a chance other than that one.

‘There’s a lot wrong with the goal. You can almost blame the whole back four for this goal. Williams doesn’t get to the ball, where Maguire is, I don’t know. But for me Lindelof is the biggest problem.’

Asked about Manchester United’s transfer plans this summer, Scholes was clear that he felt the Swedish centre-back should be upgraded.

‘I think they could do with a centre-half, I’ve said that all along,’ said the former England midfielder. ‘I’m not sure Lindelof is going to be good enough as a partner for Maguire. I think they need a more dominant defender next to him.

‘Lindelof’s alright, their defensive record over the last 15-20 games has been very good, but a dominant centre-half next to Maguire, just to cover his slight weaknesses.’

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