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‘With a performance like that and no Varane it should be a concern’: Paul Scholes fears United for Manchester derby after Atalanta draw… as Rio Ferdinand admits they could be beaten ‘again’ by City

  • REPORT: Cristiano Ronaldo strikes again late to save Man Utd against Atalanta
  • Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team trailed twice, but fought back for a point
  • Paul Scholes correctly predicted Liverpool’s heavy lead two weeks ago
  • And the former midfielder said he’s worried about United again on Saturday
  • United receive Manchester City in the derby this Saturday afternoon at Old Trafford











Paul Scholes has predicted another day of fear at Old Trafford on Saturday, following Manchester United’s mixed performance at Atalanta on Tuesday.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad once again depended on the brilliance of Cristiano Ronaldo as his injury time equalizing goal brought in a point in Bergamo for the Red Devils on a difficult night.

And ex-United midfielder Scholes – who correctly predicted the 4-0 deficit at half time against Liverpool after United’s first half at home to Atalanta two weeks ago – found it difficult not to predict a City win this Saturday in the Manchester derby. .

Paul Scholes predicted another day of fear at Old Trafford for Man Utd on Saturday

Paul Scholes predicted another day of fear at Old Trafford for Man Utd on Saturday

Cristiano Ronaldo was once again Man United's hero as his late equalizer saved a point

Cristiano Ronaldo was once again Man United’s hero as his late equalizer saved a point

“With a performance like that second half, and no (Raphael) Varane on Saturday, it should be a concern,” he said. BT Sport.

“City will think they have a good chance of winning, and without Varane it will be more difficult for United…

“It was a bit messy. When Varane left, it seemed to be going in all directions again. They were really shaky, the quality in the middle of the field was again not great, they gave the ball way too often.

“I don’t know if Harry Maguire is injured or has a hangover from the European Championship, but he doesn’t look well, he’s not here at the moment.”

Rio Ferdinand agreed with his former United team-mate and praised Ronaldo for saving his side once again, but foresaw a heavy defeat on Saturday if that display were to be repeated.

Scholes said Harry Maguire 'doesn't look good' after a difficult return from injury

Scholes said Harry Maguire ‘doesn’t look good’ after a difficult return from injury

Central defender and summer asset Raphael Varane was injured against Atalanta on Tuesday

Central defender and summer asset Raphael Varane was injured against Atalanta on Tuesday

“If United go up against Manchester City with that performance in the second half, they will be hit again, three, four, five goals,” added Ferdinand.

“The intensity wasn’t there. You look at it and you say what formation are they playing in? They were confused… Cristiano Ronaldo saved them in the second half.

“Varane covers both sides really well and as soon as he left they looked so shaky, a complete lack of confidence.

“They went to a four and it looked like Atalanta could get through this team any minute. United were lucky that Atalanta stopped scoring and the big man left.”

Utd looked shaky from the back despite holding on to the back three which worked against the Spurs

Utd looked shaky from the back despite holding on to the back three which worked against the Spurs

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