Paul Scholes gives verdict on Erik ten Hag and identifies Manchester United problem he can’t fix

United have endured a disappointing start to the season, losing eight of their opening 16 matches across all competitions. Victory over Fulham was a welcome relief last weekend but Ten Hag was reliant on a late Bruno Fernandes winner at the end of another poor performance.

It is a stark contrast to the second half of last season in which United were one of the best teams in the league and won the Carabao Cup. And Scholes attempted to put his finger on why it&aposs all gone wrong.

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“It has become a graveyard for managers, especially in that second season,” Scholes told TNT Sports. “You think of the manager before that struggled in that second season and we all felt like last season they were getting back somewhere.

“I think he adjusted well last season. This season he started trying to play out and play beautiful football like he did at Ajax, but he quickly realised that these players were not good enough at it.

“He went a bit more direct, relied on counter-attacks and relied on players scoring goals. He has lost that from Marcus Rashford because hes in a bad vein of form, and this season hes finding it difficult to find balance in the team.

“He brought Mason Mount, he started the season as a starting holding midfield player, but the balance of the team is all wrong. They seem to be too wide open in the middle of the pitch, and I dont see anything that will fix that at this moment in time.”

United have fallen victim to a number of injuries in the early weeks of the season, with the likes of Lisandro Martinez, Luke Shaw and Raphael Varane among a host of absentees at different periods. Consistent performers from last season have also hit poor form.

“Hes the manager of the football team so ultimately he has to take responsibility for the performances and where they are,” Scholes added. “It has been difficult for so many players because they are out of form. Sometimes you just cant legislate for that.