Paul Scholes shared his true thoughts on Alexis Sanchez ahead of Man Utd v Spurs

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Manchester United have a wealth of attacking talent at their disposal.

Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata have all been vying for places behind Romelu Lukaku.

Sanchez joined from Arsenal in January and has been a regular in the first team, despite managing only two goals in 13 appearances.

The 29-year-old Chilean dropped to the bench for Man United's 2-0 Premier League win away at Bournemouth on Wednesday night.

Martial, 22, and Rashford, 20, produced impressive performances and are surely pushing for a start in Saturday's FA Cup semi-final against Tottenham.

“I would say that every player on the pitch was positive and made themselves available for Saturday," said Jose Mourinho after the 2-0 victory. "I wouldn’t say phenomenal.

"I think all of them played well and they told me they want to play [against Tottenham]."

Scholes speaks truth on Sanchez

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes was on punditry duties for BT Sport at Dean Court - and shared some advice for Mourinho after the 2-0 win.

The winner of Saturday's tasty FA Cup semi-final between United and Spurs will face either Chelsea or Southampton in the final.

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"I think the big decision [for the Tottenham game] is who plays either side of Lukaku," Scholes said on BT Sport.

"I’d go Rashford and Martial but I think he’ll probably bring Sanchez back into it.

"I just don’t think his form has been good enough. I think he’s been quite predictable – we all know the talent he’s got.

"Obviously there is a magnificent player in there but at Manchester United he’s just not showing it yet.

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"I think Martial and Rashford are a better option."

It's the brutal truth - the two young forwards looked a far more threatening proposition than their 'predictable' teammate.

Sanchez was excellent in the recent 3-2 win over Manchester City but he was completely ineffective during Sunday's shock 1-0 defeat to West Brom.

It's clear that he is still yet to settle at his new club and Mourinho now has a tricky decision to make with his team selection on Saturday.

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Scholes still believes the Chilean will start - but would prefer to see Sanchez's younger teammates given the nod instead.

Martial was superb against Bournemouth but is reportedly refusing to sign a new contract at Old Trafford unless he can get guarantees over increased playing time.

The young Frenchman won the 2015 Golden Boy Award but has struggled to hold down a regular spot in the Man United first team under Mourinho.

Will Mourinho be brave and drop Sanchez for the semi-final? Let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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