The criticism is pouring in for Manchester United’s disappointing Champions League campaign, and legend Paul Scholes has taken aim at wingers Antony and Alejandro Garnacho for their perceived selfishness on the flanks.
United’s hopes of progressing in the Champions League were dashed on Tuesday night as they fell to a 1-0 defeat against Bayern Munich.
The required permutations didn’t materialize, with Copenhagen beating Galatasaray by the same scoreline.
Ending at the bottom of Group A, United missed even a chance to enter the Europa League, concluding a dismal Champions League journey under manager Erik ten Hag.
Scholes, in his analysis on TNT Sports, expressed concern about the lack of creativity from wide players, particularly Antony and Garnacho.
He pointed out that these players appear to be more focused on scoring goals for themselves rather than providing opportunities for teammates.
“You expect creativity from your wide players, Antony and Garnacho, but they are quite selfish players.
They are not players who are looking up; they’re thinking about scoring their own goals, thinking about scoring themselves,” remarked Scholes.
The statistics from the Bayern Munich game underline the issue, as Antony and Garnacho failed to register any key passes or accurate crosses before being substituted in the 74th minute.
This lack of creativity poses a significant challenge, especially in a must-win game where United struggled to break down the opposition.
Rasmus Hojlund, a player in need of service, suffered due to the absence of quality delivery into the box.
Antony and Garnacho’s inability to provide effective crosses and key passes limits the opportunities for Hojlund, hindering his goal-scoring chances.
While acknowledging the potential of Antony and Garnacho, Scholes emphasized that their current approach is falling short.
To extract the best from Hojlund and enhance United’s attacking prowess, there is a pressing need for Antony and Garnacho to transition from individualistic play to effective team-oriented contributions.