Paul Scholes has questioned Scott McTominay’s role in Leicester City’s equaliser against Manchester United and says it was far too easy for Harvey Barnes to get his shot away.
The Red Devils took the lead at the King Power Stadium on Boxing Day after Marcus Rashford – who had earlier missed a sitter from close range – collected Bruno Fernandes’ prodded through-ball and slotted past Kasper Schmeichel.
But Leicester had been on top for much of the first half and responded within 10 minutes after Fernandes was robbed of the ball near the edge of his own box.
James Maddison played the ball to Barnes, who was able to take several touches under very little pressure before shifting the ball onto his left foot and smashing the ball into the back of the net.
Despite David de Gea having been beaten at his near post, Scholes did not feel the keeper was at fault with United’s midfielders – and McTominay in particular – not having applied enough pressure on the goalscorer.
Asked if he felt McTominay should have done more to put off Barnes, Scholes said on BT Sport: ‘Yeah, I do yeah. I think Scott McTominay is taking social distancing a bit too literally.
‘He’s really got to stop the shot. We know the ability Harvey Barnes has got, he’s shown that. ‘Eric Bailly as well, he should be getting out to stop the shot. De Gea is unsighted so a little bit unfair to blame him.’
Robbie Savage added: ‘You look at Scott McTominay, I think you’ve got to go and block that shot quicker. ‘Bailly tries to stop it, I think David de Gea is unsighted.
I’m not sure De Gea can save that. I want more from Scott McTominay.’
While McTominay faced criticism, another United star enjoyed yet another milestone as Rashford became the third youngest player to reach 50 Premier League goals for the club behind only Wayne Rooney and Cristiano Ronaldo.