Paul Scholes again described Manchester United as boring after their 0-0 draw against PSV Eindhoven and said Anthony Martial has “a lot to learn”.
Scholes drew criticism from United manager Louis van Gaal in October when he described United as boring, but he reiterated his view after United missed the chance to qualify for the last 16 of the Champions League. They must now win at Wolfsburg to make certain of progress from Group B.
Scholes told BT Sport Europe of Martial: “He’s still got a lot to learn goalscoring wise. He doesn’t look bothered if he misses a chance. He doesn’t look bothered if he scores a goal.
“You look at these teams across Europe, Bayern Munich, Barcelona – it’s the players up front who make the difference.
“We keep saying defensively they’re sound and I think they are, but their forward play just wasn’t good enough tonight.”
Scholes even suggested the United players looked tired in the final half an hour at Old Trafford.
“PSV were the better team in the last 30 minutes. I think they struggled for fitness, United, they looked really tired,” he said.
Scholes also repeated his boring jibe.
“I keep saying it’s boring, I know, but he has sorted the defence out. Attacking wise they don’t look a threat, they don’t look good enough, they don’t look like they’re going to go and score goals.
“I think maybe he’s set up his team to be very good defensively because he thinks, maybe, he hasn’t got the quality up front.”
Former United striker Michael Owen said the current United side were not up top the standard of previous line-ups.
“Manchester United of old would blow that group away, be qualified after four games,” said Owen.
“It is the story of the season. It’s just amazing how they are still in with a shout of qualifying and flying high in the Premier League.
“They are quite a way away at the moment. They’re just a defending team with attackers with no help from elsewhere. It’s very very one-dimensional.”