Scholes has doubts about one of Solskjaer’s first-choice defenders

Date published: Friday 8th November 2019 8:57

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Paul Scholes believes not only do Manchester United need to add some creativity to their side, but he also thinks they need a new centre-back.

The former United midfielder has not been backwards in coming forwards about the problems of his former side and he agrees with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer that United need to add some flair to their side.

Solskjaer’s men have struggled in front of goal all season and last night’s 3-0 win over Partizan Belgrade was only the third time this season they have scored more than two goals in a game.

It was also the first time the Norwegian had started Mason Greenwood, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial together in a game and he hinted that could be the future for United.

Scholes acknowledged United’s struggles in attack, but also claimed that he was concerned whether Victor Lindelof was the right man to partner Harry Maguire at centre-back, despite the former Benfica man being Solskajer’s go to man to partner England defender Maguire.

Scholes told BT Sport after the 3-0 Europa League win over Partizan Belgrade: “You look at the league position and it’s been difficult. This competition there is a lack of shots, a lack of attempts on target.

“I think the big problem with this team is the attacking players.

“I think it’s obvious for everyone to see that they lack creativity and I think in the forward areas it’s a real struggle.

“We always want players in the team to take risks but it just looks like the quality isn’t there.

“We’ve spoken about this all season now, probably the last couple of years, in forward areas.

“I think in other areas you’re okay, if Pogba comes back into the midfield with [Scott] McTominay it looks good.



“I think possibly at centre-half they could need a partner for Maguire, although [Axel] Tuanzebe looks a good option. I’m not sure about Lindelof.

“I think everywhere else it’s looking okay but it’s just them forward areas, them creative areas, where it’s a real struggle.”

Scholes was delighted to see both Greenwood and Rashford get on the scoresheet and he expects big things from the former

“Marcus, if Marcus lacks anything, it’s a little bit of composure in front of goal,” added Scholes.

“We saw Mason Greenwood, I think he will eventually be a better goalscorer than Marcus because of his pure composure in front of goal.

“Marcus still lashes at things, he doesn’t have that cool head at times where he can take a touch and just slide it into the corner.”

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