Man Utd: Bruno Fernandes compares himself to Paul Scholes
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Manchester United hero Paul Scholes has questioned whether Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood are ready to become the club’s No 9. The Red Devils icon was speaking before his old side’s Europa League match with Granada. And while Edinson Cavani scored, he thinks his old team should work out for a new marksman this summer.
Manchester United took the lead against Granada through Cavani, with the 33-year-old volleying home after some good work from Paul Pogba.
But, mere minutes previously, Scholes questioned whether the Red Devils have a replacement for the veteran.
The United legend expressed a belief that Rashford, Martial and Greenwood aren’t up to scratch, saying: “I think so.
“Champions League, perhaps, but it’s more the Premier League they’re looking for at this moment in time.
“They haven’t really challenged for it for a few years now. OK they’re second this season but they still look a little way off Manchester City.
“What do they have to do next season? I think a centre-forward is the priority.
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“I think they have got very good forwards but is one of them a centre forward? If you take Cavani out of it, is one of them a real centre forward?
“Is Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial a real centre forward? They look better to me in wide areas.
“Cavani we know, with his great experience, but again I think Manchester United have had around 50 games this year and he’s only started 15 games.
“That’s not a lot to rely on a centre-forward.
“He’s a brilliant centre-forward, his goalscoring record is amazing. Can they keep him for another year and maybe delay it (the decision to sign a striker) for another year? Maybe.
“But eventually they’re going to have to try and sign a top-class centre-forward.
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“There’s a couple out there that may be available. I don’t know what the situation is. it’s going to cost a lot of money, we know that.”
On Cavani, he added: “I would go along with that but that’s if he plays – and it’s a big if now.
“At his age, this season he has started 15 games. It’s not a lot is it? I do expect, if he was to stay here, and I think that’s what he is waiting for, to see if United sign a centre forward.
“He doesn’t look the type of player who would be happy to sit on the bench and be a mentor for young players.
“He wants to be involved and play games. It’s an interesting decision for him.
“I think he’s waiting to see if United sign a centre forward. If they do: ‘I’m going away, I want to play every every week’.
“Now he’s not done this year because of injuries – and that has to be a slight concern for me at his age. Next season, coming back a year older, can he sort these type of injuries he’s getting?”
Scholes was also asked about Jadon Sancho.
The Borussia Dortmund star has long been linked with a move to the Red Devils, despite Erling Haaland now appearing to be their priority.
And Scholes thinks the potential signing of Sancho could have a negative impact on Greenwood because of the fact they play in similar positions.
“I think that could stop the likes of Mason Greenwood by signing a Sancho,” he said.
“I know what you’re saying about Sancho but Mason Greenwood has been the best player on that right hand side.
“Marcus doesn’t like playing there, Martial doesn’t like playing there. They both like coming in from the other side, cutting inside on their right foot.
“Mason has been the best player out there. I get what you’re saying about Sancho. What I see in Sancho is that he would be more creative and have a better link with a centre-forward.
“A centre-forward would like to play with him a bit more than a Mason Greenwood or a Marcus Rashford. They’re more head down, dribblers, want to score goals.
“Whereas this lad can do both, he’s a sensational player. I just wonder if he’s still a little bit similar to what United already have in those kind of areas.”
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