Paul Scholes fears for Manchester United’s back four against Arsenal

by Tanveer Arayan

Paul Scholes has admitted that he fears for Manchester United’s makeshift defence ahead of the Premier League clash against Arsenal on Sunday.

Man United have had to contend with a number of injuries in recent weeks, with the likes of David de Gea and Chris Smalling picking up complaints.

This meant that Louis van Gaal was forced to play backup keeper Sergio Romero against FC Midtjylland on Thursday, behind a back four consisting of midfielders Daley Blind and Michael Carrick and rookies Guillermo Varela and Joe Riley. Although United beat the Danish outfit 5-1, Scholes believes Arsenal will provide a much sterner test.

“Arsenal are a really good team with some brilliant attacking players and I’d fear for them [United] a little bit on Sunday with that back four to be honest with you,” Scholes said.

“If you look at the pace power and strength Arsenal have, it’s going to be difficult. We know it’s a massive game and a massive step up against Arsenal.”

United were excellent in the Europa League but it would be naive to expect a squad ravaged by injuries to produce a similar display against Arsenal.

While players such as Rashford and Riley made the step up against Midtjylland, the reality is that United will be up against it against the Gunners, a side who have realistic aspirations for the title.


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