Valencia, a natural right-winger, is playing at right-back for Man United this season but despite being nominated for August’s Premier League player of the month, Scholes is unsure over whether he is good enough in that role in the big games.
The same concerns are raised over Blind playing at centre-back and speaking to Rio Ferdinand about United at the moment he discussed these questions:
I’ll be honest, and I’m sure a lot of United fans will agree, in that I have concerns over both players for exactly the reasons Scholes has mentioned.
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.
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 and 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, 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.
Overall, I think Scholes is fair to raise these question marks and as the season develops it wouldn’t surprise me to see Smalling come in for Blind and Valencia lose his place at right-back.