Paul Scholes praises three Manchester United players after derby stalemate

Paul Scholes fears Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is still struggling to find the right balance with his Manchester United side but was heartened by their defensive display in Saturday’s derby stalemate.

United reacted to the disappointment of their midweek Champions League exit with a dogged, disciplined performance against their local rivals at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola’s side were restricted to just a handful of goalscoring opportunities as United, who were overrun by RB Leipzig on Tuesday, kept their opponents largely at arm’s length.

Solskjaer opted to start with this two midfield workhorses Scott McTominay and Fred, who did their usual job of protecting United’s central defenders.

Nonetheless, Scholes was still impressed with the displays of Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Aaron Wan-Bissaka, even if United’s set-up limited their attacking threat.

He said: ‘You go right back to that Tottenham game where they had a massive shock conceding six goals they had to change the way they were playing. They had to play the two holding midfielders to protect the centre halves because they were giving chances away all the time.

‘I thought Sterling was poor tonight, I thought Wan-Bissaka did well against him. Defensively, Wan-Bissaka throws himself into challenges, Lindelof was as good as he probably has been and Maguire was good.

‘But they had that protection, but it takes away from the attacking side then because you can’t really think of any chances United created.

‘It’s compromising everything, they cannot get the balance right in the team. If they play one holding midfielder they look like they’re going to score goals but look like they’ll concede as well.

‘They look much more solid with the two holding midfield players but then they don’t look like they’re going to score goals.’

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