Scholes: What Man Utd must do to beat Man City

1 Jun 2023
Rashford, Casemiro, Man Utd

Red Devils' legend says playing Rashford in a central role and packing midfield can lead to FA Cup glory

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If Manchester United are going to end Manchester City's treble ambitions by lifting the FA Cup on Saturday, Erik ten Hag must pack the midfield and play Marcus Rashford in a centre-forward role.

That's the view of Hall of Fame inductee Paul Scholes, who was a key player in Man Utd's 1998/99 Premier League title, FA Cup, and UEFA Champions League treble success.

See: How Man Utd can get the better of Man City again

"I think he'll [Ten Hag] play him [Rashford] down the middle because he'll want to get an extra midfield player in there," says 11-time Premier League champion Scholes ahead of the first all-Manchester FA Cup final.

"From past experience, I think you need an extra man, whether it's Fred, whether it's [Scott] McTominay, playing with Casemiro and [Christian] Eriksen. That will mean Bruno [Fernandes] has to go out to one of the sides."

Scholes, who also won the FA Cup three times during a stellar career at Old Trafford, expects Jadon Sancho to be a key player for United at Wembley.

"I think Sancho's had a really good end to the season and can be a threat against Man City," he adds. "But they have to pack that midfield."

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