‘That would not have happened if it was Liverpool defending’: Paul Ince slams Manchester United for allowing Luuk de Jong to score Sevilla winner UNMARKED… while Paul Scholes insists Victor Lindelof ‘is not good enough’ and ‘75% to blame’
- Manchester United’s defending for Sevilla’s winner has been slated by pundits
- Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka had been guilty of losing Luuk de Jong
- De Jong had tucked home the winner to send Sevilla to the Europa League final
- Paul Ince said Liverpool’s defenders would have been able to repel the danger
Manchester United‘s slack defending for the Sevilla goal that dumped them out of the Europa League has been panned by critics.
Former United player Paul Ince claimed that arch-rivals Liverpool, who boasted a formidable defence this season, would have been able to repel the danger instead.
Manchester United’s defending for Sevilla’s winner in the Europa League has been criticised
Former player Paul Ince says arch-rivals Liverpool would have dealt with the danger instead
A series of damning television replays revealed both Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka failed to track De Jong’s burst into the middle of the box in the seconds leading up to the 78th minute winner.
Lindelof was then caught up in a furious war of words with team-mate Bruno Fernandes, who had opened the scoring from the penalty spot in Cologne, and Ince was left disgusted with the fatal lapse in concentration.
He said on BT Sport’s coverage: ‘From a defensive point of view, that would not have happened if it was Liverpool defending there. If that was Gary Neville that doesn’t happen.’
Luke de Jong was brought on as a substitute and poked from close range after lapse defending
Sevilla capitalised twice on inviting deliveries fired across the United goalmouth, with former Liverpool flop Suso netting the equaliser from close range.
But once again it was fine margins that proved United’s undoing in Europe. The Old Trafford giants were guilty of squandering countless guilt-edged openings to edge into the lead themselves, and De Jong’s strike piled on further misery.
Paul Scholes delivered a similarly damning assessment of United’s defenders, with the club’s legendary ex-midfielder reserving particular criticism for the under-fire Lindelof.
He also urged United to urgently reinforce in that position during the current transfer window.
Bruno Fernandes was furious with Victor Lindelof after the defender’s lapse in concentration
Paul Scholes was similarly damning in his assessment after United’s semi-final elimination
Speaking on BT Sport, he said: ‘There is a lot wrong with the goal, you can blame the…