Europa League: He was lucky – Scholes rates Uzoho’s performance against Man Utd


Manchester United legend, Paul Scholes, has claimed Francis Uzoho produced a “lucky” performance against his former club in the Europa League on Thursday.

The Omonia Nicosia goalkeeper produced a phenomenal performance against United, keeping the Red Devils at bay until the 93rd minute when Scott McTominay’s scrappy goal secured a hard-fought 1-0 win.

But that didn’t take anything away from Uzoho’s display, as he received widespread plaudits and even shared a laugh with none other than an astonished Cristiano Ronaldo after one of his spectacular 12 saves.

But Scholes was less convinced that the Nigeria international had pulled up any trees at Old Trafford, savagely picking apart his showing post-match.

He said: “Yeah, he was good. I don’t think he made saves that you thought were unbelievable and that he probably shouldn’t be making – possibly one from Casemiro where he touched it onto the bar – but other than that I think it was a bit of a mixture of poor finishing as well.

“You see these saves, that was middle of the goal, he should make that. I think that’s a good save, not a great finish from Marcus [Rashford], I thought he got a knick on that but again, that’s middle of the goal and he’s diving away. Look, he was lucky, he saved almost everything. He’d have been a miracle if he’d saved that shot from McTominay.”

Continuing to watch Uzoho’s highlights reel, Scholes added: “That’s a decent save, that’s not a bad one. He maybe should’ve caught that one, I think. The second one’s a better where but I think Marcus might’ve been offside, scruffy finish… There’s so many of them. Again, straight at him, has to save that one! He has to save all of them.

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