Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag ‘can only trust FIVE first-team players to start regularly’, claim Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves… with Casemiro, Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo NOT among the stars the Dutchman can rely on
- Owen Hargreaves and Paul Scholes said Erik ten Hag can only rely on five players
- The ex-Manchester United stars were speaking after the Red Devils’ latest win
- Ten Hag guided United to a 1-0 victory against Omonia Nicosia on Thursday
- But the duo claimed the Dutchman trusts just five of his stars to play regularly
Erik ten Hag can rely on just five players in his Manchester United squad, according to pundits Paul Scholes and Owen Hargreaves.
The Dutch boss, appointed this summer, guided his side to a narrow 1-0 win against Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia at Old Trafford in the Europa League on Thursday.
But speaking after the match, the pair – both former United midfielders – insisted Ten Hag only trusts half of his outfield team to deliver consistently on the pitch – with £70m signing Casemiro, Marcus Rashford and Cristiano Ronaldo not among them.
Manager Erik ten Hag (pictured) ‘can rely on just five players in his Manchester United squad’
Pundits Owen Hargreaves (left) and Paul Scholes (right) made the claim after Ten Hag guided the Red Devils to a 1-0 win against Omonia Nicosia in the Europa League on Thursday evening
Hargreaves said: ‘Luke Shaw came into the side against Everton, (Victor) Lindelof came into the side, Casemiro came into the side. So he’s still trying to find the blend.
‘The rest of the positions are up for grabs, so I think there are auditions for these players to go on and play well.’
Scholes added: ‘He’s not quite sure what his best team is, (he is) not totally thrilled with the performances.
Forwards Cristiano Ronaldo (left) and Marcus Rashford (right) were not among the five named
The £70million summer signing from Real Madrid, Casemiro (pictured), also missed out
‘(They are) winning games, yeah, but I don’t think he’s got the right blend of what he actually wants.’
The five named were goalkeeper David de Gea, right back Diogo Dalot, centre back Lisandro Martinez, signed this summer for £55m from Ajax, and midfielders Christian Eriksen and Bruno Fernandes. Jadon Sancho and Luke Shaw were also excluded.
After a poor start to the season saw United lose their first two games, Ten Hag has turned things around, winning seven and losing two in all competitions since then, a run of form which sees them lie one point off the Champions League spots.
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