LONDON: Paul Scholes claims that Manchester United player Victor Lindelof’s rudeness against Real Sociedad player Jon Bautistas was unintentional.
United advanced to the last 16 of the Europa League with a 4-0 aggregate victory after a 4-0 win in the first leg and a 0-0 draw in the rematch at Old Trafford.
United were supposed to break the deadlock in the second half through goalkeeper Axel Tuanzebe but the goal was canceled after the VAR found Lindelof fouled Bautistas before the defender’s goal.
The VAR replay saw the Swedish player jump high and his knees against the face of the Sociedad striker.
Lindelof was sent off, but United legend Scholes claimed it was not a foul and Tuanzebe’s header should have been retained as a goal.
According to Scholes, he believes Lindelof’s knee injury to Bautistas’ face was unintentional and it did not affect United’s goal.
The former England midfielder then placed his former team as the team of choice to win the Europa League against Arsenal, Tottenham and AC Milan who also advanced to the last 16.