Club legend Paul Scholes believes Manchester United’s penchant for signing two holding midfielders is preventing the club from mouting an ongoing Premier League title challenge.
Paul Scholes said on the Webby & O’Neill YouTube channel (via the Daily Star) that United should learn from Manchester City and Liverpool, only play a midfielder and also change mentality.
The former midfielder believes United have a good enough squad to be competitive in the Premier League. Scholes said:
“It’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 that if Ole can get it right with that balance in the team, going forward, I do not think it is a problem. Going forward, we have so many exciting players with Cristiano on the way. Defensively, we look good; everything is there.
Paul Scholes believes Scott McTominay is the ideal player to play as the only midfielder in Manchester United’s starting XI. Scholes added:
“You mention McTominay. I think he’s the best for that role out of the four; I would definitely go after him. I think he has everything; he is athletic; he can get around the field; he also has a good ability. He is able to sit in that position. “
Lack of defensive midfielder could cost Manchester United in the Premier League
Manchester United’s absence of a central defensive midfielder has been a talking point since Fred’s mistake cost the Red Devils a victory in their latest Premier League match against Everton.
United’s lack of a defensive midfielder has forced manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær to play Fred and Scott McTominay as two retaining midfielders, which has hampered the team’s attack strongly up front.
It has prompted United fans to sign a defensive midfielder. The Red Devils have been associated with numerous such players in recent times, including Declan Rice and Kalvin Phillips.
Manchester United are expected to be serious candidates for the Premier League title this season following the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, Raphael Varane and Jadon Sancho. Disappointing recent results against Aston Villa and Everton, however, have dampened the mood in the Red Devils’ camp.