Solskjaer takes Scholes’ advice at half-time of Man Utd vs Burnley

Manchester United faced a familiar problem in the first-half of their clash with Burnley.

As they have done on so many occasions at Old Trafford this season, the Red Devils struggled to break down a side they were expected to beat.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer stuck with the tried-and-tested axis of Scott McTominay and Fred at the base of midfield, deploying Paul Pogba on the left side of attack.

Instead of being well-balanced, the home side fell into what Gary Neville admitted he become a familiar “pattern”.

They were lacklustre playing out from the back and saw Fred regularly dropping deep.

Whilst the system works against top class teams, it can leave United limited in attack against sides they are expected to break down.

The issue was addressed by Paul Scholes in midweek, who told BT Sport he feels there is no need for Solskjaer to play two sitting midfielders.

Instead, he called for a solution of Pogba dropping into a more attacking midfield system alongside Bruno Fernandes.

Scholes said: “Solskjaer likes the two sitting players, I don't think there's a need for both of them, they need to get Pogba in a linking role with Bruno, if they do, it frees up another position for a forward player.

"The awareness and cleverness they both have allows each other to link up. United's two cleverest players are Fernandes and Pogba so if you can get them close together, they'll score a lot and provide goals for others too.

“If they have a more dominant centre back, they could have a more attacking midfield.

“A lot of the time, United that attacking, flowing play, I think Pogba could bring that with Fernandes. If you get him in there, it frees up the left for Rashford, there's no way you'd want to play against that.

“Discipline-wise Pogba isn't always there at times but going forward he brings something different.”

After a poor first-half against Burnley, Solskjaer took Scholes’ advice at half-time and made an attacking change.

Fred made way for Edinson Cavani, giving freedom to push Marcus Rashford out wide with Pogba back in midfield.

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    And whilst a moment caught napping from a set piece allowed Burnley to equalise, United looked more positive with the half-time change before finding two goals late on to run out 3-1 winners.

    Solskjaer seemingly took Scholes’ advice from midweek and the former midfielder was proved right with a much more positive and balanced second half system.

    Having struggled regularly in similar fixtures, could it now be time to trust Pogba more regularly in central midfield once again?

    There is plenty of food for thought for Solskjaer after how things played out against Burnley.

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