Manchester United legend thinks this ‘brilliant player’ should be starting over Cristiano Ronaldo

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has called for ‘brilliant’ Mason Greenwood to be starting over Cristiano Ronaldo and Edinson Cavani for the club.

The former England international thinks Greenwood has ‘great potential’ and is talented enough to be considered a regular starter up top for the Red Devils.

Speaking on the Webby and O’Neill channel, Scholes shared his thoughts on the United forward and where he thinks Greenwood should be playing in order to get the best out of him.

“Mason Greenwood is a brilliant player – great potential. The manager keeps taking him off; he’s almost become a little bit of a scapegoat, a little bit of an easy target because he’s a young player,” Scholes said.

“He should be playing up front for this team. As good as [Cristiano] Ronaldo and [Edinson] Cavani are, and have been throughout their careers, for Manchester United’s centre forwards to be 37 and 34 just tells us where the club is at.

“Greenwood has to be playing now – and in the future. He is a highly-talented lad and I’m frustrated when I watch him because you know he’s going to be the first man off every single time.

He’s been shoved out in those wide areas – the lad is an out-and-out centre forward. He will score goals in this team – no doubt about that.”

Greenwood, who has found himself playing mainly as either a winger or No.10 this season, is the Red Devils’ joint-second goalscorer with five goals in all competitions.

At only 20, he has a bright future ahead of him at Old Trafford, and it Scholes is not the first to voice his view that Greenwood should be deployed centrally.