Man Utd icon Paul Scholes fires Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Liverpool warning despite victory
Paul Scholes didn't hold back in his criticism of Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's tactics despite a dramatic 3-2 win over Atalanta in the Champions League
Manchester United yet again came from behind at home in the Champions League to record victory, this time against Atalanta in an enthralling 3-2 win under the lights in west Manchester. But despite the plaudits that will come Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's way, the Red Devils first-half performance wasn't enough to get excited over for their second-half virtuoso, says Paul Scholes.
United trailed 2-0 at the break thanks to goals from Mario Pasalic and Merih Demiral, but fought back with strikers from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and that man again Cristiano Ronaldo.
Having scored the late winner against Villarreal last time out, Ronaldo will be delighted with the manner of the victory which has put United top of their group at the halfway stage.
But one man who wasn't delighted was Paul Scholes - who stated that despite the superb second half, that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer cannot afford to use the tactics he did if he faces a top, top side such as Liverpool who remain unbeaten this season.
"I said it could have gone either way but you know what, I get all the United excitement with the way they're playing. But that first half, I just didn't enjoy it," Scholes said on BT Sport.
"I think that first half put me off the second half in all honesty.
"I think if United were playing a better team it would have been out of sight.
"They were playing against Atalanta with five players missing, a defender who had to go off at half-time.
"And great, I get all the excitement, the going for it, all the chances created, but there was something about it that I just didn't enjoy.
"The first half I thought was worrying, they just looked anything but a team. It just lacked unity.
"It was six players - it was the back four, the two holding midfield players and the rest. That to me is a worrying sign.
"Can they go and play against Liverpool like that? Never in a million years. Can they go and play against Manchester City like that?Can you go and play against a better team in the Champions League like that?
"I don't want to sound like a party pooper, it was a great night for the fans and a great comeback with some really good goals and Cristiano was the big hero again winning us the game.
"But that first half was a major worry for me."
United will look to beat their bitter rivals to stay in the title race after falling to sixth in the league after their 4-2 loss at Leicester on Saturday.
And with Liverpool in the hunt too - remaining the only unbeaten side in the Premier League - it will be nothing short of a hard task at Old Trafford on Sunday.
The second half offers much for inspiration, but Solskjaer will be wary of a free-scoring Liverpool side.