'Toothless': Paul Scholes predicts who'll win between Manchester United v Chelsea on Sunday

Paul Scholes suggested on BT Sport that he thinks Manchester United will be fine against Chelsea in the Premier League on Sunday.

It is blue versus red this weekend, with both teams desperate to ensure their Champions League status for next season.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done a commendable rebuilding job at United, owed to the time he was actually afforded in the dugout.

That was something which Frank Lampard was denied, with the club handing his project over to Thomas Tuchel last month.

Since his arrival, Chelsea’s results and performances have certainly taken an upturn.

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However, they did hit a buffer at Southampton, only managing to draw 1-1 with a side who had previously lost six consecutive league fixtures.

With the Blues set to host Manchester United at Stamford Bridge next, Scholes didn’t believe his beloved club had anything to be concerned about and predicted they should come through the challenge unscathed.

“You’ve got to play these teams if you’re going to be successful,” Scholes said when questioned if United could challenge for the title.

“You’ve got to beat these teams. They have really struggled in big games.

“I watched Chelsea yesterday. I thought they were okay. They were a little bit toothless in the final third. 

“I don’t think United have much to worry about Chelsea. I think they’ll be okay. Especially away from home, their record is brilliant.”

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United have not lost on the road in the league this campaign, a run of 12 matches undefeated.

The Blues meanwhile have the fourth best home record in 2020/21.

Their only two losses at the Bridge have come against Liverpool and Manchester City.

Tuchel’s metal will certainly be tested by a United outfit who are desperate to close the gap between them and table toppers City.

Chelsea’s goal has to be on keeping a grip on the top four, a hold that was loosened when West Ham United moved above them.

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I cannot disagree with Scholes that Chelsea were ineffective at Southampton.

What I cannot settle on is the ease in which he thinks United will overcome the Blues.

This result could help define Tuchel’s reign, so I expect him to pull out all the stops in order to maintain his unblemished domestic record.  

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.