Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has suggested that his former club may actually be better off with teenage favourite Marcus Rashford leading the line ahead of superstar veteran Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who now looks set to miss the rest of the season with a knee injury.
United boss Jose Mourinho chose to start Rashford of Ibrahimovic to exploit Chelsea’s lack of defensive pace last weekend. The home-grown youngster then once again proved to be the difference in extra-time against Anderlecht on Thursday.
In his role as a pundit on BT Sport, Scholes was actually speaking ahead of the Europa League contest. Rashford rose to the occasions, and the comments carry even more weight now that Ibrahimovic is unlikely to play any further part before the end of the campaign.
“After (last) Sunday it has to be Rashford,” Scholes replied when asked who he would turn to.
“I think it may have been a doubt beforehand, but I think Sunday (against Chelsea) was a template for United to go on into these big games they’ve got coming up and into next year as well.
Scholesy called it pre-match….
Rashford is the man for the big games! pic.twitter.com/QYOFLgFncm
— BT Sport Football (@btsportfootball) April 21, 2017
“I still think there’s a place for Zlatan, there’s so much quality with him, he’s had a great season. I just think in those big games where you need energy – Chelsea at home, Arsenal at home, your Man Citys – you need to ‘go quick’, someone who can get in behind players, and Rashford can certainly do that.”
In light of Ibrahimovic’s injury, Mourinho may now have little choice but to choose Rashford to lead the line. It was a role in which he flourished for Louis van Gaal last season in similar injury related circumstances and the youngster has been in resurgent form of late anyway.
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