Paul Scholes wants ‘brilliant’ player to start ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United

Paul Scholes says 'brilliant' player should start ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has advised Ralf Rangnick to start ‘brilliant’ Mason Greenwood ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo in the attack.

Man United re-signed Ronaldo from Juventus in the summer but upon his return, much has been said.

The Portuguese forward has scored 14 goals in all competitions for Manchester United, but yet he has been called out by several pundits for his attitude towards his teammates and fans.

Gary Neville has also slammed the 36-year-old’s attitude towards his teammates whenever things do not go his way.

Cristiano Ronaldo is obviously in the twilight of his playing career and as a result, Scholes believes Rangnick should be starting Mason Greenwood ahead of the five-time Ballon d’Or as he rates the youngster as the future of Manchester United.

Greenwood has been played out of his preferred role this season but has managed 13 Premier League starts so far.

Speaking on the Webby and O’Neill YouTube channel, Scholes said: ‘Mason Greenwood is a brilliant player – great potential.

‘The manager keeps taking him off, he’s almost become a little bit of a scapegoat, a little bit of an easy target because he’s a young player.

Paul Scholes wants Mason Greenwood to start over Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United
Paul Scholes wants Mason Greenwood to start over Cristiano Ronaldo at Manchester United

‘He should be playing up front for this team. As good as [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Edinson] Cavani are, and have been throughout their careers, for Manchester United’s centre forwards to be 37 and 34 just tells us where the club is at.

‘Greenwood has to be playing now – and in the future. He is a highly-talented lad and I’m frustrated when I watch him because you know he’s going to be the first man off every single time.

‘He’s been shoved out in those wide areas – the lad is an out-and-out centre forward. He will score goals in this team – no doubt about that.’

Cristiano Ronaldo was not in the Manchester United squad that beat Aston Villa 1-0 on Monday night in the FA Cup third round.

Marcus Rashford, Mason Greenwood and Edinson Cavani played in the attack but none got on the score sheet.

Rashford was widely criticised for his drab performance against Aston Villa.

Scott McTominay scored the only goal of the game in the 7th minute with a big header.