Paul Scholes excluded from Man Utd squad for Real Madrid trip
Paul Scholes hasn’t been included in the Manchester United squad for the Champions League bout against Real Madrid. The English midfielder was left at home, while Manchester United travelled to Madrid to participate in the first leg of the Round of 16.
The Manchester United born and bred, Paul Scholes trained with the rest of the team in the morning, but was visibly struggling because of the knee injury he picked up during the FA Cup win over Fulham last month.
The Old Trafford boss Sir Alex Ferguson announced a 22-man squad earlier today. It still not clear whether Ashley Young and Phil Jones will feature in the Manchester United team against the La Liga champions tomorrow.
If Phil Jones is fielded, he will be given the job of man-marking Cristiano Ronaldo. Phil Jones is starting to develop a name in the man-marking department at Manchester United. The young England international successfully man-marked Tottenham Hotspur’s Gareth Bale and Everton’s Marouane Fellaini in recent weeks.
Real Madrid are undefeated at home in the past 33 matches. They were last defeated at the hands of Barcelona in 2012. Manchester United have played against Real Madrid at the Santiago Bernabeu in four different meetings prior to this encounter. So far, Manchester United’s best result has been a draw.
“We can't be daunted,” Manchester United defender Jonny Evans said in reference to Real Madrid’s impressive statistics against his side. “We are Manchester United. Teams look up to us as well.
“I am sure the same pressures will be on them. They have good players who can hurt you but we play against Premier League opposition every week and that is one of the best leagues in the world. It is just as if we were playing against Manchester City or Liverpool. They are top players and we have to be spot on.”
Real Madrid are expected to field a full-team against the ailing Manchester United. That and the fact that Manchester United players can’t recall a good performance at the Santiago Bernabeu, Real Madrid are hailed as favorites in this game.
“I've played at the Bernabeu once before for England against Spain, but it wasn't a good experience to be honest,” Manchester United star Wayne Rooney said on his official facebook account.
“I got subbed just before half-time, and didn't really get many touches because Spain kept the ball really well. Hopefully this time it will go a lot better.”