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Paul Scholes calls for return of Michael Carrick to add quality to ailing Manchester United midfield

By Robert Jones

Published 19/09/2016

WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Juan Camilo Zuniga of Watford celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Juan Camilo Zuniga of Watford celebrates scoring his sides second goal with his team mates during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Troy Deeney of Watford (L) and Juan Mata of Manchester United battle for possession during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United argues with referee Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United argues with referee Michael Oliver during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
WATFORD, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 18: Antonio Valencia of Manchester United (L) and Zlatan Ibrahimovic of Manchester United (R) battle for possession in the air during the Premier League match between Watford and Manchester United at Vicarage Road on September 18, 2016 in Watford, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
Watford's Juan Camilo Zuniga (centre) celebrates scoring his side's second goal of the game during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Manchester United's Paul Pogba (centre) and Watford's Jose Holebas (left) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Manchester United's Marcus Rashford (centre right) turns in celebration after scoring his side's first goal of the game during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini (centre) and Watford's Etienne Capoue (right) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Manchester United's Ashley Young (right) and Watford's Jose Holebas battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (right) and Watford's Roberto Pereyra battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (right) and Watford's Roberto Pereyra battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Watford's Odion Ighalo (centre) fails to score with an open goal during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
Manchester United's Paul Pogba (right) and Watford's Roberto Pereyra 9centre) battle for the ball during the Premier League match at Vicarage Road, Watford. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday September 18, 2016. See PA story SOCCER Watford. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: EDITORIAL USE ONLY No use with unauthorised audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or "live" services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.
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Paul Scholes believes Jose Mourinho must draw up new plans for his Manchester United midfield after Watford punished a "sloppy" Red Devils show at Vicarage Road.

Etienne Capoue, Juan Zuniga and Troy Deeney, with a late penalty, gave the Hornets a 3-1 Premier League win over the visitors, whose reply came from 18-year-old striker Marcus Rashford.

It inflicted a third straight defeat on United, after losses to Manchester City and Feyenoord.

And it left former United midfielder Scholes accusing the current side of being flimsy in key areas on the pitch, and not up to scratch even when it came to the basics.

Scholes said: "The quality on the ball was as poor as you've seen from a Man United team, and that's just the way it is at the minute.

"You're not sure what you're going to get.

"Rashford is probably the only shining light really and he didn't have his best game today, but he looked a threat. I just think in possession Man United were really, really poor.

"Individually it wasn't good enough. In possession it wasn't good enough. So sloppy, giving the ball away all the time."

Scholes, who retired for a second time in 2013, spent his entire club career at United, much of it in the centre of midfield, which is where he now considers Mourinho's side to be at their weakest.

Making a case for the inclusion of his former United team-mate Michael Carrick, who was an unused substitute at Watford, Scholes at the same time suggested Marouane Fellaini was too limited to sit alongside Paul Pogba.

"I thought Fellaini was all right, he does a job which stops the other team. But I think if you're Manchester United you need more than that," Scholes said.

"I think you need someone who can stop the play - but he needs to be capable of controlling the game of football as well, playing forward, passing forward.

"As well as he (Fellaini) has done in the first three or four games, I just can't understand why Michael Carrick's here. It looked last year like he was leaving, he's not been involved a minute of the season, so what he's done I don't know.

"Obviously (Bastian) Schweinsteiger - he (Mourinho) is not keen on him. They need to get a playmaker in there.

"You're coming to Watford, you're not going to Arsenal."

Scholes saw United repeatedly picked open by Watford, and added: "I expected them to be a lot tighter defensively, especially with bringing Chris Smalling in, but they were all over the place and every time a ball came into the box you felt Watford were going to score."

He added: "Something's not right there. The cohesion of the team isn't there. He (Mourinho) needs to find the right mix of players."

Belfast Telegraph

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