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Paul Scholes believes Manchester United are in with a chance of mounting a Premier League title challenge following their 3-2 win away at Sheffield United on Thursday night.
United fought back from a goal behind to claim their sixth straight away victory of the season at Bramall Lane, with a mistake from young goalkeeper Dean Henderson allowing David McGoldrick to send the hosts in front after five minutes.
Marcus Rashford spared Henderson’s blushes by latching onto a long-range pass from Victor Lindelof and rifling home an equaliser 20 minutes later, before Paul Pogba produced his own inch-perfect delivery for Anthony Martial to turn in 12 minutes before half-time.
Rashford seemingly put Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ’s men out of sight by adding his second six minutes into the second half, but McGoldrick secured his own brace three minutes from time to set up a nervy finish.
United managed to hold on for another win, nevertheless, and now sit five points adrift of leaders Liverpool with a game-in-hand still to be played.
And Scholes admits his former club are now in the title race, while heaping praise on Bruno Fernandes after another inspired display.
When asked if they could challenge for the title, the ex-United midfielder said on Amazon Prime: “Yeah you have to think so and at times tonight they were fantastic.
“This year I think Ole’s changed formation a lot of times, changed personnel a lot. We spoke before about those five games last season where they didn’t change the team, it was virtually this team tonight apart from the left-back and the goalkeeper, it was a 4-2-3-1, it really suited them.
“I was excited for this season, it’s not quite worked out as I would have expected, but now I think he’s finally found the right way of playing.
“That two in midfield is the only position I’d think about changing every now and again, that [Nemanja] Matic one.
“He’s got Fred, he’s got [Scott] McTominay, he can do that. I thought Paul Pogba was fantastic tonight in that position and it’s a formation that really suits the team.
“Fernandes in that No.10 role feeding Martial, Rashford and [Mason] Greenwood – how exciting is that? Three of the best, quickest finishers around Europe when they get chances.
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“I think if they can keep nine or 10 players fit for the next 26 games – which I know is a big ask – I think they’ll be there or thereabouts.”
Scholes then reserved special praise for Fernandes, adding: “Some of the passing and movement was sensational. The front four players were brilliant. Bruno at times… you give him time on the ball, he’s going to destroy teams.”
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