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Paul Scholes has highlighted Manchester United's lack of balance in midfield

Paul Scholes has highlighted Manchester United’s imbalance in midfield (Webby & O’Neill)

Paul Scholes thinks Manchester United’s lack of balance in midfield could cost them the Premier League title and have supported Scott McTominay to play in the attitude role.

United have recorded 14 points from their first seven Premier League games, but Ole Gunnar Solskjær has been criticized for choosing to play two defensive midfielders in the defeat at home to Aston Villa and in a 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford on Saturday .

And Scholes believes United have fallen behind Liverpool and Manchester City as their two title rivals play more ‘aggressive’ systems.

‘You mention McTominay, I think he’s the best for the role out of the four, I would definitely go after him,’ Scholes told Webby and O’Neill.

‘I think he has everything, is athletic, he can get around the track, he also has a good ability. He is able to sit in that position.

‘Ole does not seem to be able to get the balance in that team. Will he play the one with the rest around him, and have Pogba next to him, whom he probably does not trust defensively? Or will he play two holding midfielders.

Paul Scholes has supported Scott McTominay to play the attitude role in Manchester United's midfield

Paul Scholes has supported Scott McTominay to play the attitude role in Manchester United’s midfield (Reuters)

‘That’s the difference between United and I think Liverpool and City-they are much more aggressive, more attacking.

‘You think City are going away to Chelsea, they play a midfielder who holds and plays almost six or seven forward players – that’s the difference in mentality.

‘I think if Ole can get it right with that balance in the team … going forward I don’t think it’s a problem. Going forward, we have so many exciting players with Cristiano on the way.

‘Defensively, we look good again. I know Maguire is out of injury but when he is back it will hopefully be after the international break. Defensively, we look good, everything is there.

‘It seems to be getting one person in the middle of the pitch to fit that balance on the team.

‘But when he gets it, I think we should be okay.’

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