‘Nervous’ Neville tips Ole to leave out Man Utd star for Europa final
Gary Neville says he is “nervous” at the prospect of Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer leaving Marcus Rashford out of the Europa League final.
The Red Devils face Villarreal in the competition’s showpiece next Wednesday after they round off their Premier League season at Wolves on Sunday.
Despite being held to a 1-1 draw against Fulham on Tuesday, Chelsea’s win against Leicester City later that night confirmed Man Utd as Premier League runners-up.
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Rashford, who came off the bench in the last half an hour against Fulham, has contributed 21 goals and nine assists this season in all competitions.
But Neville has a funny feeling that Solskjaer will opt to go without Rashford from the beginning against Villarreal in the Europa League final.
“I wonder whether this could actually be Man Utd’s Europa League final team. It wouldn’t surprise me,” Neville said on Sky Sports, when talking about their starting XI against Fulham.
“Rashford on the right doesn’t work and I think Pogba will play. I think Cavani will play up top, I think the midfield three is set.
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“And I wonder if Solskjaer has decided that (Axel) Tuanzebe will play in that Harry Maguire position.
“I’m nervous about Rashford being left out but I think Greenwood is better there than Rashford. The balance is better. And I think (David) De Gea will start in goal. You think about the service he’s given to the club.”
Neville included Rashford in his team of the season when naming it alonside fellow Sky Sports pundit Jamie Carragher earlier in May.
Explaining his decision, Neville said: “On the left, I went for Marcus Rashford. When he was doing all that stuff off the pitch, which was incredible, I thought there must be a consequence of that on the pitch, that he would start to falter and that the injuries would pick up or he would be distracted. But he just kept going and kept performing and he’s still there.
“Sadio Mane has obviously been outstanding for the last three weeks, Son is a brilliant player, but I went for Rashford because of his overall contribution on and off the pitch. Maybe there’s a bit of emotion there.”