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Both Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand think that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can afford to remove one of Manchester United's holding midfield players in most of the club's home matches.

Fred and Nemanja Matic started Saturday's 1-0 victory over West Brom at Old Trafford, with Scott McTominay replacing the Brazilian late on.

United earned a hard-fought three points thanks to a penalty from Bruno Fernandes, who scored a retaken kick after his first effort was saved, and in the aftermath of the Baggies seeing a penalty awarded by David Coote later wiped away by the official after he consulted VAR.

United's lack of creativity was an issue in the match, and after the game Scholes – one of the club's best ever midfielders – said that area is one Solskjaer can improve on.

"I think at home, where you can have a lot of the ball, I don’t think the quality is quite there for the both of them," Scholes told BT Sport.

Matic was one of United's holding midfielders against West Brom
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"Whether it’s Fred and Matic or Fred and Scott McTominay, they’re both good at sitting and controlling games of football, protecting the two centre-halves, which is really why they’re playing.

"The problem is we’ve got defenders who, one-on-one, aren’t very good at defending. So we need those two sitting players to protect the back four.

"There’s no reason why, at Old Trafford against West Brom, one holding midfielder shouldn’t be enough."

Former United defender Ferdinand agreed.

"That’s the problem when you play the two sitters there, if one or two of them can’t pass then it makes it a bigger problem," he added.

Scholes and Ferdinand were of the same opinion
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"If you’ve not got a threat with a 30 or 40-yard pass from deep, teams don’t have to come out.

"When you played against our team with Scholesy, the opposition midfielders had to come out to get Scholesy as he’d hurt them from that distance – then we’d be able to play the forwards in behind.

"The main problem is that the two centre-half players need to be protected, that’s why he’s playing two central midfielders that are holding."

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