By Mark Weasley
Manchester United legend now turned Pundit, Paul Scholes believes his former club can win the league title if only they take the initiative against their title rivals. The ginger haired ex midfielder believes matches against teams around us will define our season.
The Pundit spoke after watching United beat Watford at Vicarage Road on Tuesday night 4-2 and hopes United take that form into the next two games against Arsenal and Manchester City. Manager, Jose Mourinho has been criticised for lacking the confidence to attack big sides away from home in the Premier League, failing to win any and scoring just once.
United were widely berated for our performance in the away matches at Chelsea and Liverpool this season, as we lost at Stamford Bridge and drew at Anfield at a time when attacking could have given us all maximum points, given that when we played those teams they were not in the best of forms.
United are currently eight points behind Manchester City who we play next weekend meaning that the game at The Emirates stadium against Arsenal this weekend is crucial to our hopes of winning the title. City have been widely praised for their willingness to attack teams regardless of whether they are playing home or away, a fact that has seen them drop only two points in 13 league matches all season, winning the last 11.
As culled from ESPN, Scholes said, “I think where they are going to be judged now is in the big games. They have to start winning these games, because they haven’t really.”The Liverpool game away [a goalless draw], they were poor.
The Chelsea game [a 1-0 defeat], they were poor again. Saturday against Arsenal is a big game and they have to turn up.”It’s very difficult to criticise when you’re winning games, especially when you’re scoring four goals. But they’ve really got to turn up in these big games and win some of them.” He added.
United are second on the league table with 32 points from 14 matches. We face Arsenal on Saturday in a repeat of last year’s match, which ended Jose Mourinho’s unbeaten run against Arsene Wenger in competitive fixtures.