Paul Scholes has revealed what he thinks is Manchester United’s biggest problem after their win over Sheffield United on Thursday night.
The Red Devils triumphed 3-2 at Bramall Lane thanks to a brace from Marcus Rashford and an Anthony Martial strike.
But they were forced to cling on for dear life in the dying embers of the game as the Blades pushed for an equaliser.
Reflecting on the game, United legend Scholes revealed his excitement about Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s attack.
However, the former midfielder raised an interesting point that they need to have the ball to be able to release the likes of Martial and Rashford.
Scholes told Amazon Prime Video: “Fernandes in that No.10 role feeding Martial, Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood – how exciting is that? Three of the best, quickest finishers around Europe when they get chances.
“I think the biggest problem is getting possession of the ball with them two [midfielders], getting control of the game.
“Pogba and Matic need to control the game if Fernandes is going to be involved. Once them two get control of the game United are off and flying. And it helps the centre-halves as well.
“I think if they can keep nine or 10 players fit for the next 26 games – which I know is a big ask – I think they’ll be there or thereabouts.
“We did see a slight drop-off in performance when two or three subs came on, so that tells me there are probably 12 or 13 players that are good enough, keeping them fit is going to be difficult.
“But I think tonight they’ve found a real way of playing, an exciting way of playing. Twenty-six games, they might be thereabouts.”
To remedy the midfield issues, Scholes thinks Solskjaer should give Paul Pogba an extended run, but change up who plays alongside him.
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“I was excited for this season, it’s not quite worked out as I would have expected, but now I think he’s finally found the right way of playing.
“That two in midfield is the only position I’d think about changing every now and again, that [Nemanja] Matic one.
“He’s got Fred, he’s got [Scott] McTominay, he can do that. I thought Paul Pogba was fantastic tonight in that position and it’s a formation that really suits the team.”
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