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.
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.
‘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.
‘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!