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Monday 22 January 2018

Paul Scholes slams Louis van Gaal for 'bonkers' decision to rest Marcus Rashford

Paul Scholes has had another go at Louis van Gaal
Paul Scholes has had another go at Louis van Gaal

Callum Davis

Paul Scholes has once again taken a swipe at Louis van Gaal after the Manchester United manager decided to rest Marcus Rashford.

Rashford has been one of the few success stories from Manchester United's season since Van Gaal handed the teenage his debut in February.

The 18-year-old has scored 4 goals in just nine appearances in his debut season in the Premier League leading to calls for him to be taken in England's squad for Euro 2016.

Despite going into Saturday's midday kick-off with Norwich needing a win to maintain their hopes of securing a Champions League place, Louis van Gaal decided to leave the teenage striker at home.

Louis van Gaal went into the game with Norwich admitting his future as Manchester United manager depended on the success of their final four games of the season.

The Dutchman's decision to leave the striker quickly came under scrutiny after Anthony Martial limped out of Manchester United's warm up injured, leaving the visitors with no back-up options up-front.

With United needing a win to maintain their push for Champions League qualification, former midfielder Paul Scholes was left bemused with the 64-year-old's decision.

"What are you saving Rashford for? It's not like you’re saving yourself for anything. You’ve got three games of your season," said Scholes.

"Maybe it’s just that he’s not interested in scoring goals."

Rashford's absence at Carrow Road meant that Manchester United were left with no replacement strikers on the bench.

Scholes, who has been a vocal critic of Louis van Gaal's philosophy, suggested the former Bayern Munich manager is more interested in possession stats than scoring goals.

 "I think he judges a game on possession.

'If he comes in after a game and scores one goal and had maybe 5 or 6 shots on target, like Leicester, but had 70 per cent possession, I think he’s much more happy with that."

Paul Scholes' bafflement was echoed by his fellow BT Sport pundit, Chris Sutton, who branded van Gaal's tactics as "bonkers".

"Louis van Gaal's bonkers not picking Rashford, you need a striker on the bench!"

Anthony Martial's injury in the warm-up at Carrow Road meant Ander Herrera was forced to deputise for the Frenchman with no recognised striker on the United bench.

Despite their lack of attacking options, Juan Mata's second half striker earned United a 1-0 win to keep up the pressure on those in front of them in the race for the Top Four.

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