Paul Scholes believes that Manchester United need a key defensive signing to partner Harry Maguire as the Old Trafford icon set out the two areas the club needs additions to challenge Liverpool for the title.
Maguire was caught out for Bournemouth’s shock opening goal in the 5-2 win at Old Trafford on Saturday, as Junior Stanislas produced a neat piece of skill to bypass the £80million signing before firing beyond David de Gea.
Despite United being almost faultless since the Premier League restart, the 27-year-old has come under the spotlight for a couple of defensive errors, with Roy Keane blasting him for his role in Steven Bergwijn’s goal in the game against Spurs.
Paul Scholes believes that Manchester United need a new partner for Harry Maguire
The captain was caught out for Bournemouth’s opener at Old Trafford on Saturday
And Scholes, who spent 20 years at United, believes that his former club needs to sign a defender with pace to partner up with Maguire if United want to challenge Liverpool, the runaway league winners this season.
‘There is a big gap to close, there’s no doubt about that,’ Scholes told BBC Radio Five Live.
‘The points difference is ridiculous and the quality of Man City obviously is there for everyone to see.
‘I really don’t think they are a million miles away. I know we spoke about four or five players but I think it’s two or three now.
The United icon highlighted that Maguire needs a defensive partner with pace beside him
Scholes added that Maguire needs a player like Rio Ferdinand (left) to cover for his lack of pace
‘I think you are looking at a centre-forward, a really classy goal scorer and possibly a centre-half to play next to [Harry] Maguire.
‘I think [Victor] Lindelof has done alright but I just think Maguire with his lack of pace at times [can get caught].
‘If he’s got a really dominant centre-half next to him like a Rio Ferdinand or Jaap Stam, who bullies centre-forwards, I think that would be a big help to the team.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side are in a good position to secure Champions League football next season. They occupy fifth position, which would be enough to qualify should Manchester City’s ban from the competition be upheld.
United are next in action on Thursday when they travel to Villa Park to take on Aston Villa, who are struggling in the relegation places.
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