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Several contrasts, Scholes blows up Mikel Arteta and Ten Hag discovers a star

The Manchester United legend explodes at the Arsenal manager and Ten Hag looks at the U18s.

By Angus Barnes

The Manchester United legend explodes at the Arsenal manager and Ten Hag looks at the U18s.
The Manchester United legend explodes at the Arsenal manager and Ten Hag looks at the U18s.
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Manchester United icon Paul Scholes' X-rated rant on Mikel Arteta's 'insulting' Arsenal tactic. Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes was irritated by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta's tactical decision during the Gunners' 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest. Manchester United legend Paul Scholes appeared to criticize Mikel Arteta's use of Oleksandr Zinchenko and Ben White during Arsenal's 2-1 win over Nottingham Forest on Tuesday night.

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Scholes did not mention the Gunners directly, but it appears the dig was aimed at Zinchenko and White, who were advancing further up the pitch as Arsenal attempted to take down the East Midlands club. While the score was goalless at half-time, the north London club finally broke through thanks to goals from Gabriel Jesus and Bukayo Saka. Taiwo Awoniyi's late goal made for a nervy final few minutes, but Arteta's team held on. This is not the first time this month that Scholes has criticized the tactics of Premier League managers. During United's 2-0 FA Cup victory over Wigan Athletic, the 49-year-old shared his dismay at corners from Erik ten Hag's team.

Manchester United Under-18s extended their impeccable league record with a 4-3 win against Liverpool on Tuesday night. The youngsters have taken their division by storm and their victory over Liverpool means they have won all 14 of their games. Ethan Wheatley, Jayce Fitzgerald, Ethan Williams and James Scanlon scored as United fell behind twice before fighting back to win the match.

The result also extended the under-18 team's lead at the top of the table by 17 points. United last won the U18 league in 2017/18 and could claim the title in the coming weeks. Manchester City's under-18s won the title last season and are currently second in the standings. They have two games less than United.

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United were expected to go far in the FA Youth Cup this season and were stunned when they were knocked out of the competition by Swindon Town earlier this month. Adam Lawrence took charge of the under-18s in the summer and spoke before Christmas. "Young players are competitive individuals: they want to win games, they want to perform at a good level," he said when asked about his impeccable performance in the league.

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