Thiago Silva has savaged Paul Scholes after the ex-Manchester United midfielder suggested Cristiano Ronaldo would have had an easy time against Chelsea's defence had he started the game.
Chelsea were held to a 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.
A brilliant Silva featured in the Blues’ backline but Ronaldo was benched by Michael Carrick.
It took until 64 minutes for the attacker to come on the pitch, but United failed to get a second goal.
Scholes suggested it would have been easy for the 36-year-old attacker to play against Silva, something which was brought to the veteran defender's attention by Chelsea fan page chelseapulse.
Scholes said: ‘You’re playing against Thiago Silva, don’t get me wrong, a brilliant centre-half, [but he’s] 37 years of age. It couldn’t be any better for Cristiano, really."
About an hour later, the Brazilian defender responded to the post, saying on Instagram: "It is always easy. Especially for those who have stopped playing."
The former Paris Saint-Germain player has been hugely impressive while playing under Thomas Tuchel.
His superb goal-line clearance during the Blues’ encounter against the Red Devils was crucial in keeping the northwest side at bay.
Scholes spoke about what he believes to be Chelsea’s Achilles Heel last month, saying they lack defensive quality. During an episode of the Overlap, the 47-year-old told a Blues fan: "I don't think you're great defensively."
Can Chelsea under Thomas Tuchel beat Jose Mourinho's record of fewest Premier League goals in a season ever? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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"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."
The west London side boasts the best defensive record in the Premier League, letting in just five goals in 13 games. Should their form continue, they would finish the season with just 14.6 goals conceded. The league’s record is 15 goals, set by Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in 2004/05.
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