Paul Scholes destroys Man Utd transfer plan with ’embarrassing’ Ronaldo and Cavani claim
Cristiano Ronaldo trains with Man Utd ahead of Villareal test
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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes claims it is “embarrassing” that the club’s main two strikers are in their mid-30s. Cristiano Ronaldo, 36, and Edinson Cavani, 34, are the two out-and-out forwards in the United squad. Ronaldo was brought back to the club in the summer after 12 years in Europe with Real Madrid and Juventus.
Ronaldo has scored nine goals since his return to Old Trafford but just four of those have come in the Premier League.
Cavani, meanwhile, has made just eight appearances all season, with his only goal coming in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s last win in charge before his dismissal.
The Uruguay international is currently out due to injury and did not travel for the Champions League match away to Villarreal on Tuesday.
Ronaldo did travel and was named in the starting XI by caretaker boss Michael Carrick.
Ahead of the match, Scholes tore into the club’s recruitment policy.
The former England midfielder cannot understand why United have two strikers in the twilight of their careers as Ronaldo and Cavani are.
“It goes much further than team selection,” Scholes said on BT Sport.
“He could have left every single one of them out tonight. 11 of them probably deserved it.
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“Talk about the recruitment side of this club – this is Manchester United and our two first-choice forwards are 36 and 34. That’s embarrassing.
“For a club of Manchester United, how that’s been allowed to happen I’ll never know.
“You think back to the great centre-forwards we had, when they got to 30 it was probably time to go.
“All of a sudden you’ve got a great squad ready to win the league. I didn’t think we’d win the league, but I thought they’d do a lot better than they’ve done so far.
“We’ve been fooled into it really. Having a 36 year-old and a 34-year-old as your best centre-forwards, you’re never going to win the league.
“Not with the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool. You’ve got no chance.”
Solskjaer’s former assistant Carrick has been placed in temporary charge until the club finds an interim manager.
But Scholes thinks Carrick, as well as Mike Phelan and Kieran McKenna, should have left with Solskjaer.
“You asked the question of whether they’ll be any better tonight, but it’s the same people running the team,” he added.
“It’s the same people given massive responsibility to put the team out on the pitch, it’s more Kieran McKenna, Michael Carrick, who have prepared the team.
“Ole gives them the responsibility to do that. Why that changes now, I don’t know.
“Four weeks ago that Liverpool game, that was the time we knew. We knew Ole was going to go.
“Then, the people above had to prepare the next batch, the next manager, the next batch of staff.
“I’d be embarrassed to be on the staff now after what happened to Ole. Being on the staff and preparing the team for tonight, they all should have gone.”
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