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Paul Scholes tips Scott McTominay to solve Manchester United midfield problem

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer applauded sharp-shooter Scott McTominay after he climbed off the bench to fire Manchester United into the FA Cup quarter-finals.

The answer to Manchester United’s midfield problem could already be in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad, club legend Paul Scholes has said.

United had a busy summer transfer window as they signed long-term target Jadon Sancho, Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane and brought fan favourite, Cristiano Ronaldo, back to Old Trafford.

But they have come in for criticism in some quarters for not addressing the defensive midfield area, often relying on playing Fred alongside Scott McTominay at the base of midfield.

But according to Scholes, this has led to Solskjaer’s side ‘lacking balance’ – and shows a ‘difference in mentality’ to local rivals and defending Premier League rivals Manchester City.

Speaking to Webby and O’Neill, Scholes said: “You mention McTominay, I think he’s the best one for that role out of the four of them, I’d definitely go for him.

“I think he’s got everything, he’s athletic, he can get around the pitch, he’s got great ability as well. He’s capable of sitting in that position.

“Ole doesn’t seem to be able to get the balance right in that team. Is he going to play that one with the rest around him, and have Pogba next to him who he probably doesn’t trust defensively? Or is he going to play two holding midfield players?

“That’s the difference between United and I think Liverpool and City – they are much more aggressive, more attack-minded.

“I think if Ole can get that right with that balance in the team… going forward I don’t think is a problem. Going forward we’ve got so many exciting players with Cristiano coming.

“Defensively we look good again. I know Maguire is out injured but once he’s back which will be hopefully after the international break. Defensively we look great, everything’s there.

“It just seems to be getting that one person in the middle of the pitch right, that balance of the team. But once he gets that, I think we’ll be alright.

“You think of City going away to Chelsea, they play one holding midfield player and almost play six or seven forward players – that’s the difference in mentality.”

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