Following Southampton’s equaliser, scored early in the second hald, United played against ten men for 20 minutes to no avail, with no tangible chances emerging for the sloppy visitors.
Speaking after the game, Scholes directed his anger not at Marcus Rashford or Solskjaer, but rather the senior trio who failed to give their team any thrust during those closing stages.
“It wasn’t the young players I was disappointed with, it was more the experienced players,” he said.
Most disconcerting of all was the fact that, even before Southampton scored, it did not feel as if United would score another.
It takes an element of authority to score goals. There has to be a certain level of mental and technical control before you can even think about scoring one.
In those final 20 minutes, against ten not particularly good Southampton players, no senior United player looked capable of summoning anything near the composure needed to lay the platform for a crisp finish in the box. It was a consequence of a team whose players are still, as it turns out, largely alien to each other. That composure will take some time and patience.