Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has said the Red Devils should have done “something different” to stop Manchester City striker Erling Haaland during their Premier League derby 6-3 defeat against Pep Guardiola’s side on Sunday at Etihad.
Haaland continued his astonishing start to life in England, scoring a hat-trick against Man United over the weekend to take his tally of goals for the season so far in the Premier League to 14.
The Norwegian bullied Man United’s defense and got his first goal of the contest by towering above everyone inside the box to head home from a corner.
Haaland’s other two goals came from him being in the right place at the right time to anticipate balls into the box that he connected with through his feet.
Scholes believes Erik ten Hag’s side should have done more to try and stop Haaland’s runs during the encounter.
Speaking on Premier League Productions, Scholes said: “He is virtually impossible to stop, but you have got to try and find a way. But as a Manchester United defender, in those situations, you can’t always match up against these big players; you have to do something different if you are a smaller player.
“You have got to do something to try and stop him, even if it was just trying to stop a run. They just were not streetwise enough and he was so easy to play against, meaning it ended up being an embarrassing performance, first half especially.”