Paul Scholes labels Arsenal ‘bang average’ after draw against Manchester United

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United should have beaten Arsenal (Picture: DAZN)

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says his former side could live to regret not getting all three points against a ‘bang average’ Arsenal team.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side lost further ground in the title race with a 0-0 draw at the Emirates, which was particularly costly given it came on the back of a shock 2-1 defeat to Sheffield United last Wednesday.

Arsenal were without Kieran Tierney, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka against the Red Devils and United squandered the best chances on the night to grab all three points, with Edinson Cavani failing to convert two golden opportunities.

The draw means United are three points behind leaders Manchester City having played a game more and Scholes says the Red Devils most show more ‘bottle’ to beat a team of Arsenal’s standing, who he described as ‘bang average’.

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Solskjaer’s side have taken just one point from the last six available (Picture: Getty)

‘Did United do enough to win the game? I don’t think they did,’ Scholes told Premier League Productions.

‘Two games ago United go top of the league and everyone is talking about them possibly going on to win the game but I didn’t see the desperation of a team wanting to win a game to go on to win the league.

‘This is not a great Arsenal team, this is a bang average Arsenal team. United they need to start winning these games. If they have aspirations of winning the league they have to start winning big games at some point. They can’t do it.

‘If you’re not winning these big games and then you’re not winning the games against Sheffield United that’s when you’re really struggling.

‘They’ve got to start showing some bottle and some real belief that they can go to these big games – whether it’s home or away – you think of the four semi-finals which are big games [and] they lost them all. There must be some sort of mental block there that they have to get rid of.’

Arsenal’s draw means the Gunners are unbeaten in the Premier League since a 2-1 defeat to Everton before Christmas.

That run has helped the Gunners into 10th place in a congested Premier League table and they’re now within sight of the top four given they’re six points off champions Liverpool.

The Gunners take on Wolves at Molineux on Tuesday before travelling to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa on the weekend.

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