Chelsea drew 1-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday and Manchester United legend Paul Scholes believes Chelsea played with ten men against Manchester United due to the ineffectiveness of Gonzalo Higuain during the game.
Higuain’s performance against Manchester United was one of his poorest displays in a Chelsea shirt as the Argentine failed to hold on to the ball and bring others into the game and was unable to stay onside, which disrupted several Chelsea attacks.
Scholes criticised the performance of the striker after the game and believes Olivier Giroud should have been brought on to replace Higuain.
“I think the centre-forward [position] is a problem,” Scholes said, as quoted by Daily Express.
“Higuain was poor today, they almost played with ten men today.
“I thought Giroud, at least in the last 20 minutes, would have been given a chance.
“What they’ll do if Hazard goes I’m not too sure, that’s obviously going to be a big problem whatever team he’s out of is going to suffer.
“I enjoy watching them, I think they’ve got some good footballers, but have they got enough to challenge for the league? I think they are two or three players short on that.”
Higuain joined Chelsea on loan from Juventus in January and fans expect the Argentine to return to his parent club this summer.
Despite his struggles in the Premier League, Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri has claimed he wants Higuain at Chelsea next season.
It will cost Chelsea a sum of £31million to secure Higuain’s signature on a permanent basis or £15.5million to have him on loan again.
Asked if Higuain would stay at Stamford Bridge, Sarri replied: “In theory, yes.
“It’s difficult to adapt to the Premier League. I think in the next season he will be able to score a lot.”
Sarri added: “For a striker it is difficult to get used to the Premier League. I remember Suarez at Liverpool in (his) first season only scored three goals, then 16, then 24.”
Asked whether a deal will happen, Sarri said: “I don’t know. I’m not in charge of the market, so I cannot answer these questions.”