Paul Scholes says Manchester United players should have ‘smashed’ Adam Lallana

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Adam Lallana produced one his best displays since joining Liverpool in the summer of 2014 against Manchester United in the Europa League on Thursday night.

The England international’s performances have markedly improved in recent weeks and he continued his rich vein of form with an excellent display against the Red Devils.

However, Paul Scholes believes Lallana was “almost taking the mickey” out of the United players in the second half and was immensely disappointed that none of them fouled him. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).


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Scholes, towards the start of his impassioned rant on BT Sport, said: “It’s the quality and lack of fight. I see Lallana stud-rolling after an hour, he’s almost taking the mickey. Someone go and tackle him, smash him!”

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Scholes was no doubt speaking from personal experience. The former Manchester United star was famous for his ‘mis-timed’ challenges as much as his technical quality.

Scholes: I knew how to tackle

However, Scholes revealed in an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live in October 2011 - per the Daily Mail - that, quite often, they weren’t innocent mistimed tackles at all. If he crunched an opponent, the chances are he meant it.

“Of course I can tackle,” Scholes said. “There’s plenty of evidence of me being able to tackle.

“I was just getting people back. If someone got me early in the game, it was always in the back of my mind that I needed to get them back. I didn’t always do it on purpose. Some of it was just bad timing.”

Sometimes his opponents didn’t deserve it, such as Arsenal’s Jose Antonio Reyes.

Scholes cynically ‘smashed’ the Spaniard in an FA Cup semi-final match against Arsenal at Villa Park back in 2004, in order to keep him quiet.

There were more examples, too, throughout his playing career. Scholes was a hatchet man in disguise.

Lallana outclassed Fellaini and co.

Lallana was enjoying it out at Anfield last night and this was evident when he produced one fabulous piece of skill in the second half.

Marouane Fellaini was on the pitch to limit the impact of the likes of Lallana and Philippe Coutinho, but the Belgian midfielder couldn’t get close to Liverpool’s technically-gifted stars.

He did, however, get close to Emre Can. A cynical elbow on the versatile German midfielder late in the game could see him slapped with a lengthy ban from UEFA.

“I have to say that Fellaini was one of the best players on the pitch,” Van Gaal told BT Sport, per Goal, after the match.

If Van Gaal’s mission was to anger United fans even more after the final whistle, he certainly went the right way about it.

Is Paul Scholes right to say that Man United’s players should have ‘smashed’ Adam Lallana? Let us know your thoughts by leaving a comment below.

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