Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes that Manchester United still have a few concerns in defence, despite being top of the Premier League table.
Scholes’ remarks came just ahead of United facing their biggest test this season – playing Liverpool at Anfield.
Liverpool are currently second in the standings, and the upcoming contest could potentially prove to be the title-decider.
Speaking to ESPN, Scholes said that he is yet to be convinced if United can defend well against the top teams.
“You have to be able to defend properly and withstand the opposition’s attacks, but I’m still to be convinced that this United side can do that,” he said.
Scholes added that he is unsure what left-back Luke Shaw brings to the team, and pointed out that manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still needs to figure out Harry Maguire’s partner.
“Eric Bailly has pace, but he is rash and picks up too many injuries. Victor Lindelof plays the position better and seems to be Ole’s preferred option, but again, he is not totally convincing,” Scholes added.
The former United midfielder believes that Solskjaer needs to invest in the 20-year-old Leicester City defender Westley Fofana in the January transfer window to sort out their defensive woes.
“If I was Ole and could sign a defender this month, I’d go for Wesley Fofana at Leicester,” said Scholes. “He’s only 20, but he has been outstanding and he has the potential to be anything he wants to be.
“United have done OK at the back this season, but they have been exposed when playing against the big teams, and that’s another problem they need to solve.
Solskjaer reportedly believes that he needs a central defender in his team by the next summer and Fofana could be a good option.
He has played 12 games for the Foxes this season and is a confident customer.
The French international would also be cheaper than other alternatives, which would help convince Ed Woodward to spend money on signing the player.
He would also fit in well with Solskjaer’s philosophy of signing younger talent and nurturing them into first-team players.