Rooney echoes Scholes in talking up United's big tactical problem

Wayne Rooney

Manchester United lacked pace against Everton, admits Wayne Rooney.

A month ago former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes took on a punditry role with SkySports where he gave his views on the problems at the club.

Scholes identified a lack of pace in the side, existing only with Antonio Valencia as key to United's tactical shortcomings.

Now this view has been echoed by United striker Wayne Rooney, in discussing the club's loss to Everton at the weekend.

The striker told MUTV: "We moved the ball quite well and they were struggling to get near us at times, but we just had to try to break them down. They sat quite deep, so we might have needed more width or more runners in behind to create space but it was a difficult game." 

United edged the possession game with 61 per cent at Goodison, including having plenty of the ball in key areas but failed to make it count.

  Possession PercentageSuccessful Final Third PassesGoals
Manchester United 61.00 155 0
Everton 38.00 97 2

Crucial to making space is having fast players, who are capable of getting in behind the defence. First choice right-back Rafael is usually key in this, but a static central midfield of Darren Fletcher and Michael Carrick offered no willing runners.

If the Red Devils are to make substantial strides next season, adding in box-to-box players full of pace who can make space and cause defenders to make awkward decisions is absolutely vital.

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