Scholes tells Ten Hag to drop two Man Utd stars for Sunday’s clash with Everton

Man Utd legend Paul Scholes puts his earpiece in

Man Utd legend Paul Scholes thinks Cristiano Ronaldo could start for the Red Devils against Everton on Sunday after his performance against Omonia.

Erik ten Hag’s side were provided a scare when Karim Ansarifard gave the Cypriot side a 1-0 lead heading into the interval before Man Utd rallied in the second half to secure a 3-2 win.

Marcus Rashford climbed off the bench at half-time to score a second-half brace, while another substitute, Anthony Martial, grabbed the other goal.

Ronaldo produced a good performance on Thursday night, contributing an assist, but he has only started one Premier League match this campaign.

However, Scholes reckons Man Utd boss Ten Hag could choose to start Ronaldo against Everton the Premier League on Sunday with Jadon Sancho and Antony dropping to the bench.

On whether he could see Ronaldo being part of a front three against Everton, Scholes replied on BT Sports: “I can on Sunday, yeah.

“I think the impression the two subs [Rashford and Martial] have made tonight with Cristiano as well.

“There aren’t a lot of games Cristiano will be able to play in goal I think Everton could be one of them.

“It’s not a massive pitch, he won’t have to be sprinting out everywhere, working the channels.

“When he’s got two wide lads who have got goals in them, I think the two wide lads that played today, Jadon Sancho and Antony, I know Antony scored on Sunday [against Man City]but I think Martial and Rashford look more dangerous.

“I think they’ve got a little bit more about them, they can go either way, they’re quick, defenders will be frightened to death of them.

“Cristiano, okay, he had a lot of chances tonight, it didn’t quite work for him, it wasn’t quite his night, but that won’t happen for long with Cristiano. If he gets chances, if he gets chances on Sunday he will score.”

Fellow BT Sport pundit Owen Hargreaves was impressed by how Rashford and Ronaldo linked up in the second half.

The former Man Utd midfielder said: “They linked up really well, Marcus and Cristiano.

“Marcus is great running with the ball and it’s a really good run from Cristiano [for United’s equaliser]. It’s nice to see them linking up, often we see them at times both having shots.

“I think they can link up together with Martial, Marcus and Cristiano through the middle because they can play wide.

“It’s nice to see Marcus being really positive because I think when he runs with the ball he’s actually almost impossible to play against, he’s quick, he’s strong, he’s a good striker of the ball, with Martial and Cristiano there’s options there to be positive about.”

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