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Manchester United legend Paul Scholes makes Cristiano Ronaldo claim ahead of Arsenal clash
01/12/2021 10:32:08

Paul Scholes is confident Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Manchester United’s starting line-up when they host Arsenal on Thursday.

The Portuguese superstar was left on the bench for the weekend’s 1-1 draw at Chelsea by caretaker boss Michael Carrick.

The Red Devils have since been boosted by the recent appointment of Ralf Rangnick on an interim contract until the end of the season, however due to work permit issues he will not be in the dugout against Mikel Arteta’s side.

United legend Scholes stated he would make changes from the team which claimed a point at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

"[I’d] play a centre forward for a start," he told Premier League productions.

"Cristiano will play. The two wide players [Sancho and Rashford] will probably play.

"Possibly play two midfield players instead of three of them, be more attacking."

Arsenal head into Thursday’s game at the Theatre of Dreams fifth in the Premier League table, five points better off and three places above United.

Carrick started Fred, Scott McTominay and Nemanja Matic at Stamford Bridge. However, he may opt for a more daring selection against their rivals for fourth spot.

Scholes added: "Arsenal are nowhere near the quality of Chelsea, nowhere near Liverpool, Manchester City."

Though Ronaldo was left on the bench against Thomas Tuchel’s side he remains United’s biggest goalscoring threat with ten goals in 15 appearances since returning to the club over the summer.

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