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The Brazilian centre-back, who has impressed under Thomas Tuchel during his debut season for the Blues, must have expected to face off against Cristiano Ronaldo in the build-up to Sunday's game at Stamford Bridge.
But to the surprise of many, United's caretaker manager Michael Carrick benched the five-time Ballon d'Or winner; a decision that didn't go down well with Portugal's record goalscorer after the full-time whistle.
Despite all the recent negatives surrounding Chelsea, Thiago Silva continues to be consistently world-class and never anything less.- FutbolChelsea :star::star: (@FutbolCheIsea) November 29, 2021
37 years young...:blue_heart: pic.twitter.com/RtXUciYXjS
Somebody who was surprised by Carrick's decision to leave Ronaldo out of United's starting line-up was Paul Scholes, who was on punditry duty for Premier League productions.
And according to reports, the former Manchester United midfielder suggested it would have been easy for the 36-year-old forward to play against Silva; a statement that was posted on Chelsea fan page chelseapulse.
An hour later, the Brazilian defender responded to the claim. "It is always easy," Silva wrote on Instagram. "Especially for those who have stopped playing."
Thiago Silva gave it back to Paul Scholes. :joy:- Avinash :star::star: (@CFC_Avinash) November 29, 2021
I love Silva. Legend. pic.twitter.com/LTmrS5NiS1
This isn't the first time Scholes has criticised Chelsea's defensive qualities. In an episode of The Overlap last month, the 47-year-old claimed Thomas Tuchel's side have the weakest defence of the Premier League's top four.
After saying he wasn't convinced by the team's goalscoring ability, Scholes added: "I also don't think you're great defensively."
Scholes continued: "I think [Antonio] Rudiger's been really good but, other than that, you've got Thiago Silva who's 36 or 37, Andreas Christensen's a young player... I think in the middle of the pitch you're alright. Jorginho and Kante are really good players.
"I'm just not sure that you'll score enough goals and that you're defensively good enough."
Wtf did Paul Scholes just say? :flushed: pic.twitter.com/O8xakRNDcy- Alex Goldberg (@AlexGoldberg_) October 15, 2021
Since Scholes made those comments, Chelsea have impressed at the back. In fact, they have the best defensive record in the Premier League after 13 games played, conceding just five league goals all season.
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