Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has identified what he thinks is the main problem for his former side’s lack of creativity in home matches this season. United have scored just two goals in five Premier League games at Old Trafford. The last goal from open play was Donny van de Beek’s debut strike in the opening day defeat to Crystal Palace.
United beat West Brom 1-0 on Saturday to pick up their first home league win of the campaign.
Bruno Fernandes’ second-half penalty was enough to secure all three points.
United did register seven shots on target, with Baggies keeper Sam Johnstone on fine form against his former club.
But Scholes was left wanting more creativity and believes the way Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sets up his midfield can be easily tweaked to do just that.
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Fred and Nemanja Matic sat deeper than Bruno Fernandes but Scholes thinks United only need one defensive midfielder in home matches.
“The midfield they play is okay when you’re playing away from home when you have to get to the ball, you have to take the ball off people and can play on the counter-attack at times,” Scholes said on BT Sport.
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“I think at home, where you can have a lot of the ball, I don’t think the quality is quite there for the both of them.
“Whether it’s Fred and Matic or Fred and [Scott] McTominay, they’re both good at sitting and controlling games of football, protecting the two centre-halves, which is really why they’re playing.
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“That takes away from the attacking side of it. I feel a bit sorry for the forwards as they’re having to make their own chances.
“They’ve got great skill and they’re capable of doing it, get the ball to Fernandes, he’s a great passer of the ball, [Anthony] Martial can go past people and [Marcus] Rashford has great pace, but the two central midfield players, especially at Old Trafford, they’ve got to contribute more to the attacking side.”
Scholes understands on some occasions having two defence-minded midfielders is important but says at home against winless West Brom is not the right game to do that.
He added: “The problem is we’ve got defenders who, one-on-one, aren’t very good at defending. So we need those two sitting players to protect the back four.
“There’s no reason why, at Old Trafford against West Brom, one holding midfielder shouldn’t be enough.
“It should be enough but they’re so worried about the centre-backs getting done one-on-one that he can’t afford to do that.”
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