Paul Scholes slams Aaron Wan-Bissaka as ‘USELESS on the ball’ in scathing assessment of defender’s attacking abilities after terrible display in Man United’s derby defeat to CityAaron Wan-Bissaka was one of several Man United players who performed badly during Saturday’s 2-0 derby defeat to Man CityClub legend Paul Scholes said Wan-Bissaka is ill-suited to wing-back positionScholes criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for lacking conviction with his system By Adam Shergold for MailOnline
Published: 04:31 EST, 7 November 2021 | Updated: 04:31 EST, 7 November 2021
Paul Scholes has described Aaron Wan-Bissaka as ‘useless on the ball’ in a scathing assessment of the Manchester United right-back.
Wan-Bissaka was one of several United players who performed well below the expected standard in Saturday’s 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer set his team up in a 3-5-2 formation but Wan-Bissaka didn’t excel in the wing-back role as City dominated from start to finish at Old Trafford.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka struggled to make much impact going forward against Manchester City
Wan-Bissaka was occupied mainly with defensive duties as Joao Cancelo ran him ragged
Joao Cancelo, who’s set up both of City’s goals, gave Wan-Bissaka a torrid time and United club legend Scholes certainly wasn’t impressed.
‘I said before the 3-5-2 doesn’t suit the players in the team,’ he told Premier League Productions.
‘Wan-Bissaka is useless on the ball – brilliant defender but useless on the ball at right-back.
‘Three centre-halves today, none of them that good on the ball. Ole has got to find a way… There’s a squad of players there that could be okay.’
Wan-Bissaka, who cost United £50million when signed from Crystal Palace in June 2019, has played in all but two of their games this season but hasn’t contributed a goal or an assist.
Paul Scholes described Wan-Bissaka as ‘useless’ when in possession as United struggled
The United right-back is beaten by Ilkay Gundogan during a sorry performance on Saturday
He scored twice and set up six more goals last season.
Scholes also took aim at Solskjaer and the club’s direction under his charge.
‘The conviction has to come from the coach of the way you’re going to play football,’ he said. ‘Ole has been here three years now and we’ve come here today not really knowing what he’s going to do.
‘That makes the recruitment almost impossible because you’re not buying players for a system.
‘Three years down the line you can see the evidence on the pitch – today and two weeks ago we are a long way off.
Scholes also demanded more ‘conviction’ from Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in setting up the team
‘I do think we’ve got a group of good players but Ole has to convince everyone that he is the right man to find the right formation for this team.
‘Stop messing about changing it for everyone else. He’s got to now have a conviction, whatever it is I don’t care, just have that conviction.’
The derby defeat left United fifth in the Premier League table and they are already nine points adrift of leaders Chelsea as hopes of a title challenge fade.