Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand disagree over Manchester United after Atalanta thriller

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Former Manchester United duo Paul Scholes and Rio Ferdinand got themselves into a heated debate when assessing the Reds’ thrilling 3-2 win over Atalanta at Old Trafford in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday evening.

Trailing 2-0 at the break, United produced a much-improved, spirited second-half performance to register a much-needed victory, thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford, Harry Maguire and Cristiano Ronaldo.

After Rashford and Maguire had put United back on level terms, Ronaldo, as he so often does in the Champions League, grabbed the headlines nine minutes from time by planting a terrific header beyond Atalanta goalkeeper Juan Musso.

Although it was a remarkable comeback from United, and one that has left them top of Group F at the halfway stage, Scholes was not too buoyant about the result, pointing to United’s first-half showing as being the biggest concern.

United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though, was pleased with his side’s performance in the opening 45 minutes, despite some of the crowd deciding to boo his players off at the interval.

Scholes, reacting to Solskjaer’s assertion that he was happy with United’s first-half showing, told BT Sport : “Ole was emotional, but the shape was all wrong in the first half and I thought [Atalanta] had too many chances.

“When a team is getting beat 2-0 at half-time at home I wouldn’t say the performance could be that good.

“Like I said, he’s emotional. He’s just won a game, but I didn’t like the first half and it’s worried me. If we play like that against a proper team it’ll be disastrous. He said before the game it was a 4-2-4 and it was exactly what it was.

“If they play like that they’ll get destroyed. There was no connection between the team. Fred gets pushed out and McTominay didn’t know where to go. If that happened, could you imagine [Kevin] De Bryune playing against that?”

Alongside Scholes on BT’s coverage of the match was Ferdinand. Unlike his former United team-mate, Ferdinand insisted it was a result to enjoy, based on how United had battled back from such a difficult position.

“You have to look beyond the first half,” Ferdinand said. “You’d address it but look towards the second half and nobody can say to the public the problems are cured, but you have to grab onto the emotion from that game.

“A result like this, no matter how you get it, you take it. Ole got the answer that he wanted today, but you have to say to they gave him a response by working hard and showing togetherness. The problems aren’t over, but please enjoy that.”

Scholes then fired back at his former United colleague, continuing: “It was brilliant for a fan, but remember who you’re playing against. You’re playing against Atalanta. Yes, they beat them, but beat them at the end.”

Ferdinand then had his say once more, adding: “You know what it’s like under the circumstances. The personality showed you need to grab onto that.”

Scholes, however, remained concerned by United’s performance, expressing his worries ahead of Sunday’s clash with Liverpool at Old Trafford.

“It’ll be interesting to see what that does on Sunday,” added the former United midfielder. “Will he get carried away with the emotion by beating a lower-ranked team in the Champions League and go with that on Sunday? We’ll see.”

Although Scholes and Ferdinand, to some extent, clashed whilst on air, Ferdinand took to Twitter afterwards to ensure that there is no love lost between him and his former team-mate.

Ferdinand tweeted: “All love Scholesy… good night people,” accompanied with a red love heart.

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