Manchester United secured a narrow 1-0 victory over FC Copenhagen in the Champions League, thanks to a late penalty save from Andre Onana. The win was crucial for United, who are currently in a precarious position in their group. Former United player Paul Scholes believes that the team is in “big trouble” and that their upcoming match against FC Copenhagen is a must-win.
United had a slow start in the group stage, losing their opening matches. However, they managed to bounce back with a win against Copenhagen at Old Trafford, with Harry Maguire scoring the only goal of the game. Scholes acknowledged that United were fortunate to come away with the victory, as they did not perform well. He emphasized the importance of winning home games and getting positive results in away matches to qualify for the next round.
Scholes expressed his concern about United’s chances of qualifying, particularly due to their struggles in away games. He cited their defeat against Sevilla last year as an example of their vulnerability in hostile environments. Scholes believes that Copenhagen, although not a formidable team, could pose a challenge for United if they create a hostile atmosphere. He questioned whether United have the character and resilience to handle such pressure.
The pressure is also mounting on United manager Erik ten Hag, following recent defeats to Manchester City and Newcastle. However, Scholes believes that ten Hag is the right man for the job, despite the need for improved performances. He acknowledged that ten Hag initially aimed to implement a possession-based style of play but had to adapt to the preferences of United fans, who prioritize excitement and attacking football.
Scholes acknowledged that United have gone through several managers in recent years and highlighted the difficulties many of them face in their second season. Despite the criticism and underwhelming results, Scholes believes that ten Hag should be given more time and support to turn things around.
In conclusion, Manchester United’s victory over FC Copenhagen was crucial for their Champions League campaign. However, Scholes believes that the team is facing significant challenges and must improve their performances to have a chance of progressing in the competition.