Manchester United legend Paul Scholes wasn’t impressed with what he saw from Ander Herrera after the club’s 2-2 draw with Arsenal on Wednesday night
Jose Mourinho’s side came back twice from a goal down at Old Trafford to secure a draw with Arsenal after goals from Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard.
But the result left United down in eight-place in the Premier League and eight points adrift of a top-four spot – which has become their main objective this season.
However, for Scholes, the most frustrating thing about their home draw against Arsenal was Herrera.
The Spanish midfielder’s struggle to play the ball to team-mate Paul Pogba left Scholes baffled afterwards.
“You have to question the quality of the player,” Scholes said on BT Sport via Twitter.
“Rio asked the question there when he said: ‘Is Ander Herrera capable of playing that ball to Pogba?’
“Now, he’s in 15-20 yards of space, it’s probably a 30-yard ball – a simple ball – if he’s not good enough to play that ball then he shouldn’t be at this club.”
Scholes’ former United team-mate Rio Ferdinand did suggest, however, that a lack of confidence may have been at fault.
“It is an easy ball and when you hear Paul Scholes say that… he was a player who could put the ball on a sixpence from anywhere on the pitch, but when you look at that pass it’s not a difficult ball to play – I think it’s confidence,” said Ferdinand.
“When you’re not confident, a five or 10-yard ball to the right-back from the centre-half position can be an awkward ball at times because you think: ‘I don’t want it to go out, the fans are going to get on my back, it’s live on TV – I’m going to play it back to the goalkeeper’.”
• Pogba in space
• Herrera 30 yards away
"If he can't play a simple ball, he shouldn't be at this club!" 😬
Paul Scholes questions the quality of some of Man Utd's players… pic.twitter.com/GlJgGnSrZt
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