Man Utd news: Paul Scholes ‘not surprised’ by glaring absentee from Erik ten Hag’s best XI | Football | Sport


Paul Scholes is not surprised that Casemiro is not part of Erik ten Hag’s ‘best Manchester United XI’ at the moment because it’s only a matter of time before he’s unleashed in the centre of the park for the Red Devils. The Dutchman has gone strong in the Europa League at Moldovan outfit FC Sheriff but the Brazilian international was a notable absentee when the United team was confirmed.

Casemiro started last week’s 1-0 defeat to Real Sociedad at Old Trafford before being dropped back to the bench for Scott McTominay.

Yet in the view of Scholes, there is no real reason for concern as Casemiro needs time to settle into his new surroundings at Old Trafford.

When quizzed on the ex-Real Madrid’s midfielder’s absence, Scholes told BT Sport: “It’s not a surprise, no because of them four games [four straight wins].

“It means he’s gong to pick his Premier League team. Casemiro, we all know the quality he’s got and he will have to work his way into the team.

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“That’s also his midfield three – [Scott] McTominay, [Bruno] Fernandes and [Christian] Eriksen – Antony cost a lot of money so he’s also going to play.

“Jadon Sancho has had some good moments this season and it’s only really Ronaldo or Rashford.

“I think Erik ten Hag is saying ‘this is my best team right now and I’m going to play these players because it’s a must-win game.'”

Hargreaves was also complimentary of McTominay for the way he has stepped up to the mark following the arrival of Casemiro.

He added: “Scott McTominay has played really well this season, the reason he is playing is because he’s playing really, really well.

“Any manager is not going to take somebody out if he is performing really, really well.

“I’d like to think with Casemiro with Man City coming up, he just has more experience and understanding of big moments so I’m with Scholesy, I think he will work his way into the team.”

United’s Premier League fixture against Leeds this weekend has been postponed due to a lack of security resources.

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