Paul Scholes is happy with how Manchester United’s Under-19s performed against Shakhtar Donetsk yesterday.
The Under-19s fought back from a poor first half performance with a fantastic showing in the second half and were unlucky to lose 2-1 thanks to a late goal from Donetsk.
But speaking to MUTV, Scholes concentrated on the positives that the Under-19s will take from their first ever European away game.
“The first half was disappointing and a struggle as we did not play as well as we’d have liked. But we really stepped up and, once we got the goal, it looked like there was only one winner. It didn’t turn out that way and the kids have to learn that if they make silly mistakes, they are going to give goals away.
“Nicky’s message at half-time was he wanted the team to play like Manchester United – to pass, run and move. We didn’t feel we passed the ball quickly enough in the first half or were running hard enough. We were not doing the things you expect from Manchester United but showed more intensity in our play in the second half and looked the only team likely to win it at one point.”
In Butt and Scholes, the Under-19s have two fantastic coaches to learn the United way from. Both have extensive European experience of their own and were blooded through the academy too, so they are the perfect success stories for the youngsters to aspire to.
And Scholes admitted that the United ethos of always chasing the victory is something that is being taught to the Under-19s.
“That’s what the club is always about,” he added.
“From senior players to the young kids, now they’ve seen that growing up.
“Maybe it’s not always the sensible thing to do and a point would have been a great result coming over here but it wasn’t to be. United will always want to win games.
“We are taking the competition very seriously and it’s a great experience for them to come over in the plane and see what the first team do and what it’s like in the airports and hotels.
“Overall, it will be great experience for them and if they keep playing like they did in the second half, hopefully we can go a bit further in the competition.”
After the loss to Donetsk, United sit third in their group on goal difference and will face the group leaders Real Sociedad in two weeks.