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Fans left laughing at Paul Scholes and Michael Owen’s ‘ridiculous’ claim

Fans have been left laughing at ex-footballers turned pundits Paul Scholes and Michael Owen’s ‘ridiculous’ claim on Thursday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side came from behind yet again to beat Sheffield United 3-2 to move five points behind league leaders Liverpool in the Premier League table with a game in hand over the Premier League champions.

Marcus Rashford scored twice either side of an Anthony Martial strike and Scholes reckons that the Red Devils’ attacking line-up can serve them well to launch a title charge.

The two former Manchester United players believe that their old club are capable of winning the Premier League this season after picking up a sixth straight away win against Chris Wilder’s side.

Scholes told Amazon Prime Sport: ‘I think if they can keep nine or ten players fit for the next 26 games they will be there or thereabouts. They’ve found an exciting way of playing.

‘I think (Solskjaer) has changed formations and personnel a lot. For five games (last year) they didn’t change the team and it was this team tonight without the left-back and goalkeeper. It’s a 4-2-3-1 and it worked.

‘It’s a formation that really suits the team. (Bruno) Fernandes in the number 10 role feeding Martial, Rashford and (Mason) Greenwood. How fantastic is that? They’re one of the best, quickest finishers around in Europe when they get chances.

‘The problem is getting possession and getting control with (Paul) Pogba and (Nemanja) Matic. These two need to get control of the game, Fernandes needs that. Once they’ve got that they’re flying.’

Owen told Prime Sport: ‘Well they can (win the league). There’s a few teams that can. The only way they can is by getting their best players on the pitch.

‘If you’ve got Pogba and Fernandes in your squad you can’t win the title if they’re in the stands. You’ve got these unbelievable players you’ve spent millions on, the only way you will win the title is with your best players playing

If you take two or three out then they’re an ok team. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has to keep finding a way of getting Pogba, Fernandes and Rashford playing together, how they haven’t kept them together is unbelievable.’

Fans were already left laughing at Paul Scholes and Michael Owen’s ‘ridiculous’ claim by this point.

The England forward told Amazon: ‘We take it one game at a time, it’s early on in the season. There’s a lot of football to be played.

‘There will be a lot of ups and downs for everyone. We have to find the consistency away from home at home and we will see where we are late in the season.’

Player ratings

Sheff Utd: Ramsdale (6), Baldock (6), Basham (7), Egan (7), Robinson (6), Stevens (6), Berge (n/a), Ampadu (7), Fleck (7), Burke (7), McGoldrick (7).

Subs used: Jagielka (6), Brewster (6), Mousset (6).

Man Utd: Henderson (6), Wan-Bissaka (6), Lindelof (7), Maguire (7), Telles (7), Matic (7), Pogba (8), Fernandes (7), Greenwood (6), Martial (8), Rashford (8).

Subs used: Mata (6), Van de Beek (5), McTominay (n/a).

Man of the match: Marcus Rashford.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said: “We weren’t in a good place on Sunday night [against Southampton] and rightly so because I didn’t enjoy that, I didn’t enjoy watching my team, it was very unlike us.

“So I think Ole and his coaching staff and the players would accept that we were going to try and make it competitive tonight and show a reactionโ€ฆ In a lot of ways, it was [more like Sheffield United]. It was front foot, it was aggressive, we’re disappointed with the goals we’ve conceded.

“The couple of goals that turned the game on its head were really preventable from our point of view.

“I’m not sitting here in rose-tinted glasses thinking we’ve dominated the game, we’re playing Manchester United and regardless of opinions, they still have world class players and we try to bridge that gap, we try to make it competitive, we try to put good players under pressure.

“If Lys Mousset’s shot is a couple of inches to Dean’s right, I think it’s a comfortable save and he’s always going to make that, or it falls to Enda, then you come away with a point and the world is a brighter place with a positive performance for us.”

Man Utd manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “From when I was playing, we never seem to make it easy for ourselves. The start was sloppy and slow again and I’m very surprised by that because we’d spoken about it, showed videos, we knew exactly what was going to happen and it happened.

“We jogged around the pitch and that’s not good enough but the character was fantastic from every single one of us. It is a test for Dean making a mistake like this and he passed it with flying colours. He never went chasing the game, he didn’t look for jobs, he just did what he had to do.

“We got three points from a difficult game at a difficult place and it could have been more comfortable at the end but you don’t expect it to be comfortable. The goals we scored were excellent and once in a while, you just have to accept that the opposition have got weapons and armoury that can hurt you and Sheffield United certainly have.

“We know Paul’s strength in the air, we knew he was going to be important from set plays and goal kicks and long kicks, he won more or less every header. His vision and creativity we want as well so Paul has responded really well to the work he has been doing. He’s fit now and it was an excellent performance.

“You’ve got to go one game at a time, every game is a cup final. It’s going to be relentless with game after game after game but when you perform well, play well and win, you can’t wait for the next one and it’s a big one for us.”

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