Paul Scholes tears into Dean Henderson after Man Utd draw with AC Milan

Manchester United v AC Milan: Match in pictures

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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says Dean Henderson was to blame for AC Milan’s late equaliser in the Europa League clash on Thursday. United appeared to be set to take a 1-0 lead to the San Siro next week after substitute Amad scored his first goal for the club. However, a header from Simon Kjaer in the second minute of stoppage time secured a deserved point for the visitors.

Kjaer’s powerful header was straight at Henderson but the United academy graduate could only push it high into the net.

Scholes claims Henderson wanted to make the save look harder than it was, and in the end made a costly error.

“He should save it,” Scholes said on BT Sport.

“I think he’s trying to make it a little bit more difficult than it should be.

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“First and foremost keep the ball out of the net. He should save that, there’s no doubt about it, he’ll know that.”

Scholes felt Milan deserved to win the game, let alone get a late equaliser.

He added: “But AC Milan, I was so impressed with them. I was possibly a little bit disrespectful before the game about them, not expecting too much from them.

“But I thought they were by far and away the best side, created chances, the way they took the ball, very aggressive.

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“They should have won the game – not well worthy of the draw, they should have won the game.”

Henderson has played the last three games for United after David de Gea returned to Spain for the birth of his first child.

Ahead of the match, Scholes insisted it was an opportunity for the 23-year-old to prove he has what it takes to be the club’s No 1.

“[Whether De Gea will return] depends on what Henderson does now,” Scholes said before kick off.

“This is his big opportunity to cement his place in the team.

“I love David. He’s been a sensational goalkeeper for this club for many years.

“But after the Everton game, three or four weeks ago, when he conceded a couple of goals he probably shouldn’t have I thought it was time for Henderson to come in.

“Ole obviously disagreed and kept faith with David and I still thought in them games he looked a little suspect.

“Actually watching that game on Sunday, I know City didn’t create a lot, which is a great credit to the defence, I felt safe with [Henderson]. I felt if they get a chance I think he’ll save it.

“He just felt comfortable, nice and relaxed, nice and composed. Didn’t want to get involved when he didn’t have to.”

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