Scholes names key player who can be solution to main Man Utd problem

Date published: Saturday 9th October 2021 5:13 - Dan Butterfield

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has revealed the reason the club are behind the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool, but offers up a potential solution.

United invested heavily in the summer, bringing back Cristiano Ronaldo to the club as well as the signings of Jadon Sancho and Raphael Varane.

However, despite the hefty outlay, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side have struggled for form in the opening few weeks of the season, winning just two out of their last six fixtures.


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One of the most commonly thought reasons for the poor run of form is a lack of balance in midfield. With Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba being more effective in advanced areas, it leaves Solskjaer with the problem of selecting who partners them.

Playing Pogba deeper is an option, as are Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay and it’s the latter who Scholes thinks should be first choice.

Speaking to Webby and O’Neill (via Metro), Scholes said: “You mention McTominay, I think he’s the best one for that role out of the four of them, I’d definitely go for him.”

“I think he’s got everything, he’s athletic, he can get around the pitch, he’s got great ability as well. He’s capable of sitting in that position.

“Ole doesn’t seem to be able to get the balance right in that team. Is he going to play that one with the rest around him, and have Pogba next to him who he probably doesn’t trust defensively? Or is he going to play two holding midfield players.

“That’s the difference between United and I think Liverpool and City – they are much more aggressive, more attack-minded.

“You think of City going away to Chelsea, they play one holding midfield player and almost play six or seven forward players – that’s the difference in mentality.

“I think if Ole can get that right with that balance in the team… going forward I don’t think is a problem. Going forward we’ve got so many exciting players with Cristiano coming.

“Defensively we look good again. I know Maguire is out injured but once he’s back which will be hopefully after the international break. Defensively we look great, everything’s there.

“It just seems to be getting that one person in the middle of the pitch right, that balance of the team. But once he gets that, I think we’ll be alright.”

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