Paul Scholes explains what's "worrying" about Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford

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It was a difficult end to the season for Manchester United.

The Red Devils went out on a whimper, winning one of their final three Premier League matches before losing to Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

The 1-0 defeat to Chelsea at Wembley Stadium last weekend ensured there was no way for Jose Mourinho to excuse what has been a pretty indifferent campaign at Old Trafford.

Man United finished second in the table but they didn’t come close to Manchester City, who finished 19 points ahead of their closest rivals.

And the style of play under Mourinho wasn’t always easy on the eye.

The Red Devils scored 68 goals in the league - only Chelsea had fewer out of the top six clubs - and even Louis van Gaal labelled Mourinho’s side as “boring” in December.

“Jose Mourinho plays so defensive,” Mourinho’s predecessor at the club remarked.

Paul Scholes is fearful

Mourinho has also attracted criticism for his treatment of the likes of Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

The pair have enough talent to play in the first team but they’ve only had a bit-part role to play this season, Martial starting 18 league matches and Rashford one fewer.

It’s left Man United legend Paul Scholes fearing that the young attackers could leave and fulfil their potential elsewhere.

“I know they’re good players, they’re really talented players,” Scholes told talkSPORT.

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“Those two especially, I just don’t want them to be players who leave and turn out to be sensational, because you can easily see that happening.”

Martial and Rashford were both brought into the side that lost 1-0 to Brighton at the start of May, leading to a scathing comment from Mourinho.

“The players who replaced others did not perform at a good level and, when individuals do that, it is difficult for the team to play well,” the Portuguese coach said.

And Scholes believes Rashford and Martial simply need a bit of love.


“It’s a little bit worrying, especially the comment after the Brighton game,” the former midfielder added.

“These young players need an arm around them these days, they need a bit of love at times and they aren’t really getting that.

“Would they improve if they get that? I hope that they would.”

Man United supporters have seen what’s become of Kevin De Bruyne and Mohamed Salah - players who struggled under Mourinho but thrived elsewhere - and they’re desperate for the same thing not to happen to Martial or Rashford.

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