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Paul Scholes fears for the worst against Manchester City

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Club legend Paul Scholes says he is ‘worried’ for Manchester United ahead of their clash against Manchester City this weekend.

The former United midfielder was again critical of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side after a subpar Champions League display.

The Red Devils drew 2-2 in Atalanta on Tuesday night, twice coming from behind thanks to goals from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Scholes criticised what he described as a “messy” performance in Bergamo and is fearing the worst as United host their arch-rivals on Saturday afternoon.

“They played alright on Saturday [vs Tottenham] but tonight it was a little bit messy,” Scholes said on BT Sport.

Raphael Varane was forced off with an injury in the first half, which has left the 46-year-old ‘worried’ as he has emphasised the importance of a solid defensive display against City.

“As soon as Varane went off, they seemed to go all over the place, really shaky,” he added.

“The quality in the middle of the pitch wasn’t great, giving the ball away.

“[Harry] Maguire, I don’t know if he’s still injured or got a hangover from the Euros, just doesn’t look right and he’s not with it at the moment.

“I don’t want to say it again, but with a performance like that second half especially no Varane on Saturday it has to be a slight worry.

“If you’re Pep [Guardiola] you would think you have a good chance to win. City think that anyway, at any point it will be a difficult game.

“But with no Varane it is going to be more difficult – saying that, they have the quality to score goals.

“Even in the Liverpool game, they produced three clear chances. United need to defend properly and concentration is key.”

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