Paul Scholes slams Van Gaal's decision to rest Marcus Rashford

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Paul Scholes has taken yet another swipe at Louis van Gaal, this time slamming the Dutchman’s decision to rest youngster Marcus Rashford during today’s 1-0 victory over Norwich City.

Anthony Martial pulled up injured in the warm-up to that game, leaving Wayne Rooney as the only natural striker in Van Gaal’s matchday squad. A lack of potency going forward almost cost United, who had to rely on a second-half strike from Juan Mata to ensure they got the victory they needed.

Scholes vocal again

Scholes, however, was quick to point out that Van Gaal’s decision to rest Rashford was the wrong one, insisting that he couldn’t see why there was any reason to leave the forward out.

"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, as per The Independent.

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

Admittedly, it was strange that Van Gaal decided to start the game with no strikers on his bench, particularly as though anything but a win would have effectively ended United’s hopes of finishing in the top four.

Van Gaal's decision

Martial is the club’s top goalscorer in the Premier League this season but Rashford has been a revelation. The 19-year-old provides an ideal option from the bench, having grabbed no less than seven goals in his 15 appearances across all competitions thus far this campaign.

As it was, Van Gaal’s decision didn’t come back to haunt him, what with Mata’s strike proving enough to fend off a tame Norwich City side. That said, the fact that Scholes has been vocal with his criticism once again is telling. Will the Dutchman still be at the helm next season?

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