Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has blamed the club’s struggles in big games this season on the defensive partnership of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof and goalie David de Gea.
We are yet to win against any of our ‘big six ‘ rivals and have only scored once in big games in the league this season – in a 6-1 defeat to Spurs – and have picked up just five points from a possible 21 across seven games.
Our disappointing run continued at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, playing out a fourth successive goalless draw against one of our rivals.
Former United midfielder Scholes believes our a lack of attacking firepower is a result of our struggling defence with Maguire and Lindelof needing a lot of protection from the midfield to be solid in games.
“A lot of the problems I see are them two centre-halves and goalkeeper – well, not so much goalkeeper today – but the centre-halves need protecting,” Scholes told Premier League Productions.
“Which means you’ve got to have your two holding midfield players right next to them all the time and it takes away everything from your attacking ability.
“They don’t get up the pitch, they can’t keep the ball in the last third of the pitch because they can’t sustain attacks because they’re too deep.
“And this is a recurring them now that keeps going on. If they’re going to get to that next level they’ve got to be braver, they’ve got to be braver in the centre of the pitch.
“The two centre-halves, leave them, let them defend. Who are you playing against? An average Chelsea forward. Not average, because I like [Olivier] Giroud, but he’s not going to run away from anyone. He’s perfect for them two today.
“Mason Mount isn’t going to run away from them, [Hakim] Ziyech isn’t quick, no pace. They’ve got nothing to worry about.
“Let your midfield players join in attacks and at least contribute something to the attacking side of the game.”