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Man Utd legend Peter Schmeichel SLAMS Erik ten Hag for Nottingham Forest decision



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Manchester United legend Peter Schmeichel has slammed Erik ten Hag for replacing Kobbie Mainoo at half-time against Nottingham Forest.

The Reds were deserved losers at The City Ground on the weekend after a bizarre decision from the under-pressure United manager.

Despite a first half void of quality, the visiting side needed to ensure they kept defensively intact, knowing the threat that Forest offered on the counter-attack.

Instead, Mainoo was brought off for Scott McTominay at half-time, and the Scotsman surprisingly moved into the deepest role of the midfield.

McTominay’s positional knowledge of the position has never been amazing and those fragilities were capitalised on by the hosts with two cutback goals to secure the win.

“He makes a substitution, I think that has a really big effect on the game,’ former United goalkeeper Peter Schmeichel told Premier League Productions. 

“Yes, I said this before I can understand you want McTominay on, but not for the guy you take off.

“The guy you take off Mainoo is such a good player, and he played alright. He was controlling that part of the pitch very, very well.”

Mainoo has started United’s last four Premier League games and has often been United’s best player despite being only 18 years of age.

“There was no need to make that change when you have other players on the pitch that are doing absolutely nothing for you,” added Schmeichel. “I question the substitution and what that signals to the rest of the team.

“Why do you want to make a change at half-time? Is that so you can make three breaks in the second half, you don’t have to make two? Is that it? 

“Or is to make an impact? If you want to make an impact, you have to leave impact players on. That had a very big effect on the game.”