Scholes rips Solskjaer’s baffling verdict apart; slams ‘bad result’, one star

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes rejected Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s claim that his side earned a “fair result” in Thursday’s 1-1 draw with AC Milan.

United struggled for much of the first leg of their Europa League last 16 tie, with Milan the better side.

In fact, the Italian side had two goals chalked off in the first half, including for a dubious handball.

Red Devils substitute Amad Diallo notched his first United strike in style shortly after the break. However, Solskjaer’s men could not hold on, with Milan defender Simon Kjaer scoring a stoppage-time equaliser.

Speaking after the game, Solskjaer admitted that he felt “very disappointed” at the final result. However, he insisted that a draw was “probably” a “fair result”.

In response, Scholes ripped that assessment apart. He told BT Sport: “Did Ole say they deserved the draw? I really don’t think they did.

“I think they got away with one, getting the draw. It’s a bad result. 1-1 at home is a bad result.

“I know they’re good away from home but they’ve got to go and prove that now in a second leg that won’t be easy.

“They’ll be getting some of their better players back. AC Milan have got to be slight favourites with the away goal they’ve got.”

Indeed, Milan were without the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ante Rebic and Hakan Calhanoglu for the first leg. While Ibrahimovic will miss the second leg, Calhanoglu will likely return for that match.

Scholes slams costly Henderson mistake

Swedish defender Kjaer rose highest from a corner to plant his powerful header in late on.

However, his effort was straight at United goalkeeper Dean Henderson, whose touch was not enough to keep the ball out.

Scholes added: “He should save it. I think he’s trying to make it a little bit more difficult than it should be.

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First and foremost keep the ball out of the net. He should save that, there’s no doubt about it, he’ll know that.”

United return to action on Sunday to face West Ham in Premier League action.

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