Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has pinpointed a problem that he thinks needs to be solved before his former side can consider winning the Premier League title.
The English midfielder spent his entire footballing career at Old Trafford, making 499 league appearances and asserting himself as one of the best English midfielders of all time.
Scholes won the league eleven times with United, as well as the Champions League twice and numerous other English cup competitions.
Knowing what it takes to be one of a league-winning side, the 46-year-old has called for his former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to solve the club’s midfield issue as he believes it will prevent them from mounting a serious title challenge.
Speaking on the ‘Webby & O’Neill’ YouTube channel, Scholes was asked who he would play as a lone holding midfielder if Solskjaer moved away from his usual double-pivot, to which he replied: “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 (Paul) Pogba next to him, who he probably doesn’t trust defensively? Or, is he going to play two holding midfield players?”
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Paul Pogba is the centre of attention at Old Trafford currently as the Frenchman is in the final 12 months of his contract and it is unsure whether he will sign an extension or leave the club for free.
The former Juventus midfielder has been playing as a makeshift left-winger whilst Marcus Rashford returns to fitness after having surgery on his shoulder.
But there is uncertainty around whether he has the defensive responsibility to protect his backline by himself if played as a holding midfielder when Rashford returns – instead, suggesting Solskjaer will play him alongside another midfielder.
Scholes continued: “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 great, everything’s there.
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“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.”
According to MEN, United are seriously considering signing midfielder Declan Rice in next summer's transfer window, but West Ham are demanding £100million to let their vice-captain depart.
Although a triple-figure price tag, the Englishman would solve the Red Devils’ midfield woes for many years to come as he is only 22.
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