England defender Tony Cascarino has encouraged Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to rest Bruno Fernandes and Luke Shaw for today’s Premier League match against Tottenham.
Cascarino believes Fernandes “does very little when he isn’t on the ball” and that Jesse Lingard should take his position.
Shaw had a “terrible day” in Liverpool’s 5-0 defeat last weekend, according to him.
After the humiliating defeat, Solskjaer was left battling for his job, but he has been retained for the trip to Spurs.
“Full back is United’s most vulnerable position – every one of the five goals conceded to Liverpool came from the spaces defended by Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Luke Shaw being exploited.
“Tottenham are particularly lively out wide given the pace of Lucas and Son, so United could be dismantled if they do not protect these positions.
“Shaw had a great European Championship for England but endured a torrid time against Mohamed Salah last weekend, while Wan-Bissaka is unrecognisable from the defender who joined United.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could replace Shaw with Alex Telles if fit or consider playing a winger such as Jadon Sancho or Marcus Rashford out of position to remedy the problem,” Cascarino told the UK Times.
On Fernandes, who has scored four goals and made five assists in 14 appearances in all competitions this season, Cascarino added: “The No 10 role can be a luxury for struggling teams and that is the case for United at present.
“Bruno Fernandes does very little when he is not on the ball, and that is a huge problem given he should be providing United’s first line of defence in midfield.
“Fernandes does not try to stop attackers by winning the ball back. By contrast, Jesse Lingard makes the No 10 role work for his team, as he has shown at West Ham and in flashes since returning to his parent club this summer.”