Scholes backs City to have a 'good chance of winning' ahead of derby

‘With a performance like that and no Varane it has to be a worry’: Paul Scholes fears for United ahead of Manchester derby after draw at Atalanta… as Rio Ferdinand admits they could get ‘slapped again’ by City

  • REPORT: Cristiano Ronaldo struck late again to save Man Utd against Atalanta
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were down twice but did fight back for a point
  • Paul Scholes correctly predicted Liverpool’s heavy half-time lead two weeks ago
  • And the former midfielder said he is worried for United again this Saturday 
  • United host Manchester City in the derby this Saturday lunchtime at Old Trafford

Paul Scholes has once again predicted a day of dread at Old Trafford on Saturday after Manchester United’s inconsistent performance in Atalanta on Tuesday. 

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side were once more reliant on the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo, as his stoppage-time equaliser saved a point in Bergamo for the Red Devils on a difficult night. 

And ex-United midfielder Scholes – who correctly predicted the 4-0 half-time deficit against Liverpool after United’s first-half display against Atalanta at home two weeks ago – found it difficult not to predict a City win this Saturday in the Manchester derby.

Paul Scholes has once again predicted a day of dread at Old Trafford on Saturday for Man Utd

Cristiano Ronaldo was once again Man United’s hero as his late equaliser salvaged a point 

‘With a performance like that second half, and no (Raphael) Varane on Saturday, it has to be a worry,’ he told BT Sport

‘City will think they have a good chance of winning, and with no Varane it makes it more difficult for United…

‘It was a little bit messy. When Varane went off it seemed to go all over the place again. They were really shaky, the quality in the middle of the pitch wasn’t great again, giving the ball away far too often.

‘I don’t know if Harry Maguire is still injured or has got a hangover from the Euros, but he doesn’t look right, he’s not with it at the minute.’  

Rio Ferdinand was in agreement with his former United team-mate, praising Ronaldo for once again saving his side’s skin but foreseeing a heavy defeat on Saturday should that display be repeated.   

Scholes said that Harry Maguire is does ‘not look right’ after a difficult return from injury 

Centre back and summer signing Raphael Varane went off injured against Atalanta on Tuesday

‘If United go out with that second half performance against Manchester City they will get slapped again, three, four, five goals,’ Ferdinand added. 

‘The intensity was not there. You look at it and you say what formation are they playing? They were in disarray… Cristiano Ronaldo saved them in the second half.

‘Varane covers both sides very well and as soon as he went off they just looked so shaky, a complete lack of confidence.

‘They went to a four and it looked like Atalanta could get through this team at any time. United were fortunate Atalanta didn’t score any more and the great man stepped up.’

Utd looked shaky at the back despite sticking with the back three which worked versus Spurs

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