Scholes expects Man Utd to sell ‘not good enough’ pair after LASK decision

Paul Scholes says he has a feeling that both Jesse Lingard and Fred will leave Manchester United after the pair were substituted in the Europa League win over LASK Linz at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

With United leading 5-0 from the first leg in what was their final match before lockdown, they fell behind to a stunning strike from Philipp Wiesinger at an empty Old Trafford.

However, Lingard quickly equalised with his second goal in two games, before substitute Anthony Martial grabbed the winner late on.

After the game Scholes noted the substitutions of Lingard and Fred just after the hour mark, and says it doesn't look good for their United prospects ahead of their Europa League quarter-final against Copenhagen on Monday.

"I’m not totally sure [on Lingard]. I do think when he’s playing well he has something to offer," Scholes told BT Sport.

"Lately he hasn’t been good enough really. Is he a starting XI player if you’re going to go on to win the league and the big trophies at Man United? I’m not sure he is. I know he scored in the last couple of games.

"Tonight was a game where you think this is a chance for Jesse to play 90 minutes, along with Fred, and when Ole took him off after an hour, I thought then that this is a sign that Ole is probably thinking of moving him on.

"Look, I might be totally wrong about that, but that is just the feeling I get.

"When you’ve got fringe players and you need to get them games, tonight was a perfect opportunity for 90 minutes, he scored a goal as well, his confidence might have grown a little bit.

"I don’t think he was particularly great in the game but to bring him off after an hour when I don’t think there’s any way in the world he’s going to start in the game on Monday, I think that was a little sign,

"And possibly with Fred as well, maybe the same situation, he might be thinking of offloading the pair of them."

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