'Difficult to watch': Scholes reacts to Liverpool's first-half massacre vs Manchester United

'Difficult to watch': Paul Scholes reacts to Liverpool first-half massacre vs Manchester United

Paul Scholes could barely believe what he was seeing as Liverpool tore into Manchester United on Sunday. The Reds ran rampant at Old Trafford.

Liverpool put in one of the best first-half performances you’ll ever see on Sunday. They scored four without reply against Manchester United – and maybe could have had some more.

The Reds tactically took Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side apart. They defended as a unit without the ball and consistently found space going forward. Their movement and interplay was unreal at times.

United just couldn’t cope whatsoever. They didn’t have the defenders necessary to cope, while they also didn’t know how to mute Liverpool’s movement.

Unsurprisingly, United legend Paul Scholes wasn’t happy at half-time.

Scholes on Liverpool tearing United apart

“Yes, they have to be,” Scholes told Premier League Productions. “4-0 at home against your biggest rivals in the biggest game of the calendar.

“It’s been difficult to watch, to be honest with you.”

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Scholes had particular problems with the way United set up against a team like Liverpool.

“Play a 4-2-4 against Liverpool, we thought this was possible,” he went on to say. “[Against Atalanta] there was a sense they could come back. This is Liverpool – 10, 20 levels above what [United] have faced.”

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Scholes is right – this was mind-blowingly predictable with United setting up the way they did. Atalanta showed how to get at them during the week and Liverpool moved that up a level.

We wrote directly before the game that United had put out a very attacking lineup. That left the game in a balance as Solskjaer picked a playing style.

Either they had to sit back and frustrate Liverpool or risk being far too open to handle the Reds. We didn’t actually think they’d pick the latter.

Yet here we are. 4-0 at half-time and United have no idea what to do from there.

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