Paul Scholes has praised Scott McTominay and Fred for their display against Man City, insisting that their midfield partnership was vital to Manchester United’s 2-0 victory against t their arch-rivals.
The 20-times English champions claimed bragging rights in Sunday’s derby clash at the Etihad Stadium through an early Bruno Fernandes penalty and an impressive strike from right-back, Luke Shaw.
The Citizens entered the game on a 21-game winning streak across the all competitions and unbeaten in their last 28, but their biggest attacking threats were neutralised by the 20-times English champions.
Scholes was particularly impressed with holding-midfield duo McTominay and Fred with lots of the Red Devils best work coming when their opponents had possession.
“A big thing was getting the midfield right against Manchester City,” Scholes told Premier League Productions. “I think they did that, Fred and McTominay had a big job, but you could see how tight and compact they were, there was no space for City in there.
“Fred and McTominay won the ball and managed to break as well. It worked perfectly. City’s best players are obviously [Kevin] De Bruyne and [Ilkay] Gundogan, so if you stop them you go a long way to stopping City.
“You have to say they didn’t really have an influence on the game. They knew they had to keep compact, keep the middle area tight and the plan worked perfectly.”
The Red Devils victory – their third in a row at the Etihad Stadium and they have strengthened their place in the top-four.