Paul Scholes believes Manchester United’s lack of balance in midfield could cost them the Premier League title and has backed Scott McTominay to play in the holding role.

United have registered 14 points from their opening seven Premier League games but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has faced criticism for opting to play two defensive midfielders in the defeat at home to Aston Villa and in the 1-1 draw with Everton at Old Trafford last Saturday.

And Scholes believes United have fallen behind Liverpool and Manchester City as their two title rivals play more ‘aggressive’ systems.

‘You mention McTominay, I think he’s the best one for that role out of the four of them, I’d definitely go for him,’ Scholes told Webby and O’Neill.

‘I think he’s got everything, he’s athletic, he can get around the pitch, he’s got great ability as well. He’s capable of sitting in that position.

‘Ole doesn’t seem to be able to get the balance right in that team. Is he going to play that one with the rest around him, and have Pogba next to him who he probably doesn’t trust defensively? Or is he going to play two holding midfield players.

‘That’s the difference between United and I think Liverpool and City – they are much more aggressive, more attack-minded.

‘You think of City going away to Chelsea, they play one holding midfield player and almost play six or seven forward players – that’s the difference in mentality.

‘I think if Ole can get that right with that balance in the team… going forward I don’t think is a problem. Going forward we’ve got so many exciting players with Cristiano coming.

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‘Defensively we look good again. I know Maguire is out injured but once he’s back which will be hopefully after the international break. Defensively we look great, everything’s there.

‘It just seems to be getting that one person in the middle of the pitch right, that balance of the team.

‘But once he gets that, I think we’ll be alright.’