Paul Scholes names two Manchester United players who struggle in big games

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It takes a heck of a lot to impress Paul Scholes but even though the Manchester United midfielder loves a good moan, he often makes good points.

The BT Sport pundit can come across as a little dour, perhaps even miserable, but that doesn’t mean what he’s saying isn’t true.

Scholes was interviewed by his former United teammate Rio Ferdinand on the day Jose Mourinho’s side scraped a 1-0 victory over Hull City, before the international break, and he named two players that he didn’t feel were cut out for the big matches.

In hindsight, following United’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City at Old Trafford, it seems Scholes may well have had a point - certainly over one of the players.

BT don’t pay him the big bucks for nothing (even if this particular opinion was revealed on Ferdinand’s YouTube channel and only uploaded over the weekend).

Scholes: Blind and Valencia will struggle in big games

"There's still a few question marks for me for this season,” Scholes responded when asked if United can win the league. “I think a little bit defensively more than anything. I think last couple of years we've worried about goals…”

Scholes then said that he doubts whether Blind and Valencia can perform in the biggest matches.

"Daley Blind... great footballer,” the retired midfielder added. “Brilliant footballer. Whether he's good enough at centre-half in big games? I'm (not sure).

"Antonio (Valencia), brilliant going forward. Defensively again, in the big games, I'm not sure."

Video: Scholes highlights Blind and Valencia as weaknesses

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Scholes has a point about Blind

This proved to be something of a (semi-correct) premonition ahead of Saturday’s derby.

Blind struggled against City - he was at fault for the first goal and could have done more to prevent the second, too - while Valencia also had a tough game up against Nolito.

Mourinho to make changes for Feyenoord clash

Both players have, in general, impressed this season under Mourinho but several changes will be made, following the defeat to Pep Guardiola’s side, for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Feyenoord.

Blind could find himself out of the starting line-up, according to the Telegraph, while Marouane Fellaini, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Jesse Lingard are also likely to drop to the bench.

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