Paul Scholes highlights Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s midfield problem after Manchester United’s win over Chelsea

Paul Scholes believes Manchester United’s midfield will struggle to compete against the top teams this season but insists Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are ‘perfectly’ set up for the counter-attack.

United got their new Premier League campaign off to an excellent start as they sealed a 4-0 victory over Chelsea at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Marcus Rashford scored twice while Anthony Martial and Daniel James, who came on as a substitute to make his United debut, also found the net.

United started with a midfield trio of Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira and Paul Pogba, who played in a deeper role and played an excellent pass to set up Rashford for his second goal.

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But when asked if United are strong enough in midfield, Scholes told Optus Sport: ‘I’d be worried about that. I thought Pereira was a little bit quiet today.

‘The lad has got ability, he’s a young player, he’s not played much football. ‘I think against the better teams in midfield they may get found out.

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‘Which is why I’m saying against the better teams – counter-attack.

‘I think looking at today they are perfectly set up to be a counter-attacking team.

‘I don’t think they are the type of team when they play against the top teams, like Chelsea or Manchester City, who are going to go toe-to-toe with them with possession.

‘I just don’t think they are a good enough team to do that.

‘But if they sit in and defend like [Harry] Maguire can do, [Aaron] Wan-Bissaka great defender, and just keep those two Martial and Rashford towards the left-hand side most of the time and get the ball to those two I think they can hurt anybody.

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‘I don’t think it’s a bad thing that Martial keeps coming out to the left-hand side.

‘Remember Thierry Henry, he started games at centre-forward, always ended up on the left side somehow.

So I don’t think it’s a bad thing, if he [Martial] can be anything like Henry we’d take that now!