The former Manchester United playmaker Paul Scholes has criticised the Red Devils current manager Jose Mourinho following their 2-1 defeat to rivals Manchester City.
Scholes has questioned the Portuguese tactician’s decision to play both Daily Blind and Antonio Valencia in defence according to the Manchester Evening News.
The former England international states that neither Blind or Valencia are natural defenders and that there are better options within United’s current squad.
“Blind is a better defensive midfielder for United than he is a centre-back but he’s been an excellent partner for Eric Bailly so far this season, hence why Chris Smalling is not in the team at the moment yet he’s not won everybody over yet,” Scholes told the Manchester Evening News.
“Why? Because he’s physically limited in the Premier League and people are expecting him to be found at some point, I suppose I still am, and against City he was found wanting against a dynamic Kevin de Bruyne. I would rather see Smalling partner Bailly in the long-term.”
“As for Valencia, he’s not a right-back. He never will be, regardless of how good his form is at any one time,” added Scholes.
“But Matteo Darmian hasn’t got a sniff yet and there are different questions to ask about whether Timothy Fosu-Mensah is ready to start right there, so it’s a more difficult situation.”
The Red Devils succumbed to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of City. ?Despite the scoreline, United were outclassed by their opponents and were fortunate not to be on the end of a high scoring defeat.
United take on Feyenoord in the Europa League on Thursday, before traveling back to England to take on Watford FC in the Premier League this weekend.
Scholes won 11 league titles, three FA Cups and two UEFA Champions Leagues during his time at Old Trafford.
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