Sc­holes blast for ‘tame’ mid­field­ers

Manchester Evening News - - SPORT - By RICHARD FAY

PAUL Sc­holes has warned Fred and An­dreas Pereira they must im­prove dras­ti­cally from their tame mid­field show­ing against Sheffield United last week­end.

The mid­field duo put in poor per­for­mances on Sun­day af­ter­noon as United were over­run by Sheffield United in the Pre­mier League meet­ing at Bra­mall Lane.

In the absence of Scott McTom­i­nay and Paul Pogba United opted for the Brazil­ian pair in mid­field, how­ever they strug­gled to get a hold of the game as the hosts com­fort­ably took a two goal lead.

A freak spell in the se­cond half saw United strike thrice in un­der 10 min­utes be­fore Oli McBurnie sal­vaged a point with his late ef­fort for the home side. Sc­holes be­lieves Fred and Pereira would be for­tu­nate to ever play for United as a mid­field pair­ing again, and if they do then he has warned mas­sive im­prove­ments will be re­quired.

“He got 7 min­utes of a re­ac­tion that was it. The first hour was as bad as you’ve seen.” Sc­holes said.

“Any­where away in the Pre­mier League you have to re­alise for 20, 25 min­utes it is go­ing to be a fight. You’re not go­ing to be left with pos­ses­sion of the ball, you’re go­ing to have to ex­pect chal­lenges.

“As soon as Fred and Pereira re­alise it’s not al­ways go­ing to be easy in a Pre­mier League game away from home, the bet­ter.

“If they ever get a chance to play again to­gether, they’re go­ing to have to im­prove mas­sively.”

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