Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes Bruno Fernandes “will get found out” if Ralf Rangnick continues to tinker with his position.
Despite another laboured performance, United came away from Madrid with a 1-1 draw thanks to Anthony Elanga’s late equaliser.
But much of the talk following the excellent result has focused on United’s insipid first half display, in which Fernandes looked lost for large periods.
Rangnick is still searching for his best XI and his trial and error has seen Fernandes used in his more customary No.10 position, but also in a deeper role.
And Scholes has warned Rangnick against using the playmaker as a No.8 against the “best teams” when he “will be found out”.
“I think he can do it in certain games, don’t get me wrong but it’s only certain games,” Scholes said on BT Sport. “At Burnley away, yes. Tonight, possibly because United will have a lot of possession.
“He can play that position without a problem but when you comes up against the best teams when they don’t have as much possession, they won’t have the ball as much, he will get found out.
“I think he’s much better in the number ten position, floating round, getting on the ball and creating chances as he does.”
On the performance at the Wanda Metropolitano, Rangnick said: “I don’t know if I rescued it but after the performance in the first half, it could only get better. What we played in the first half I still cannot believe. We played without conviction, without aggression and that is why we were struggling.
“Second half we did better, more possession in areas that mattered and if we played another 10 minutes we might have won the game. We have to play better in the first half, I was very disappointed by that performance in the first half.
“Against and with the ball we were far too apprehensive and did not take any risks. We only played it in our own half and then it is difficult against a team like Atletico. Their goal was difficult to defend, a brilliant cross and finish. We have to play with more conviction on the ball, we need more deep runs and the way we scored the goal was exactly that. This is how we have to play against them.”