Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has noticed how Mike Phelan is wary of imminent danger against Demba Ba’s opener in Istanbul.
United were stunned in the Turkish capital as the poor defense gave three acres of space to run in as Basaksehir attacked United in a counterattack.
Poor placement from United defenders left them vulnerable to attack and the Three were unmarked, which allowed him to leap forward and beat Dean Henderson.
Threats have been identified by Phelan on the build situation and Scholes pointed out his reaction in the mid-half analysis on BT Sport, as United’s assistant showed up to signal to Nemanja Matic that he should recede into a deeper position.
“It was purely organized from a corner. You certainly have someone in the mid lane,”; Scholes told BT Sport. “You can see Mike Phelan on the side actually pointing, saying ‘Matic, Matic, you should be there.’ Even so, you’re always the target.
“It’s like football under 10 years old. One back, one front. You can understand if it’s the last minute, maybe, if you’re scoring, but what is it, 15 minutes?”
“What a shame. What are the back four doing, I don’t know. I think United are really having trouble with them attacking wisely. We talked about the team’s balance before the game, today.” they were held out.
“Possessing wise and going forward, I think they were fine but defensively, again with second goal, they completely overwhelmed.”