Paul Scholes conceded he was ‘amazed’ Antonio Valencia was not afforded a start against Manchester City, and the Manchester United icon’s premonition that his former side would be ‘toothless’ without the winger proved to be correct.
Manchester United manager David Moyes chose to begin the encounter with Manchester City without a recognised winger, as the Scot selected Michael Carrick, Tom Cleverley and Marouane Fellaini, with Danny Welbeck pushed out to the flank.
It was a decision that appeared to baffle Scholes who, in his position as a Sky Sports pundit, claimed Manchester United were ‘nothing’ without pace out wide, and pointed to the benched Valencia as an ideal inclusion.
“I’m amazed Valencia isn’t playing, we’re nothing without pace on the wings,” Scholes said.
"I would just have loved to see Valencia have a right go down that right hand side. Without that we could be a little bit toothless."
Valencia was eventually introduced into proceedings shortly after the hour mark at Old Trafford, replacing Fellaini, but the game was already beyond Manchester United by that point with Manchester City two goals to the good.
Things hardly got better for Manchester United even after Scholes had been granted his wish, with Yaya Toure completing a comfortable victory in the closing stages, scoring the final goal in a 3-0 rout for the Premier League title favourites.