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Paul Scholes defends Thiago but says Liverpool star would be better fit for Manchester United

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Paul Scholes defends Thiago but says Liverpool star would be better fit for Manchester United

Former Manchester United player Paul Scholes has defended Liverpool midfielder Thiago Alcantara for his recent performances, believing his quality is obvious.

Scholes was working on Optus Sport for their live coverage of a 2-0 win for Jurgen Klopp’s men against Sheffield United.

Thiago has come under fire for some of his performances since arriving from Bayern Munich for £20 million during the summer transfer window.

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The midfielder was in the team once again against the Blades last night and afterwards, the talk turned to his performance once again.

Scholes had plenty of praise for the midfielder and even defended his recent form.

He told Optus Sport: “I don’t think his performances have been outstanding or really bad the other way either.

“He has not quite hit the ground running but we all know the quality he’s got. I just wonder if this Liverpool way of playing is suited to his style of football.

“He doesn’t seem a Jurgen Klopp-type player. You think of the players he’s got; everything is 100 miles an hour. When I think of Liverpool you don’t think of a possession team.


“I thought he’d have been more suited to Manchester United’s team in a two-man midfield.

“He might have to adapt his game to get into this team when all the players are fit.”

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There’s definitely plenty of sense being spoken about Thiago by Scholes here and the Spanish star hasn’t been anywhere near as bad as some have made out.

There is a notion that he doesn’t quite suit Klopp’s style of football but that shouldn’t mean the boss washes his hands of him just yet.

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It’s literally a longer settling in period than many anticipated for Thiago but there’s hope he will still come good.

Good players are capable of playing in different systems and with more games, he should start to thrive at Anfield.

The £200,000-a-week player is a born-winner and he could still prove a decent addition for Liverpool.

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