Marcus Rashford and Paul Scholes.

Scholes and Rashford pick five-a-side teams

Tuesday 21 April 2020 09:00

Paul Scholes and Marcus Rashford, the guests on our latest UTD Podcast, picked their best five-a-side teams during an intense and light-hearted debate.

The rules may have appeared straightforward - Scholesy was selecting current or former team-mates of Marcus, while Rashy had options from colleagues of Paul's over the years. However, our former midfield maestro did not always stick to this template!

Both picked each other in their sides with Marcus saying: "I honestly think it would have been a dream to play with someone like that."

Watch the United favourites discuss their five-a-side selections.

Let's take a look at the two line-ups from the episode, which is available now to download from Deezer and all the usual platforms.


1. David De Gea

"I’ll go for David," said Paul. "Obviously, Marcus has played with him. I played with David as well. He’s a great keeper. It took him a bit of time to settle in obviously but he’s done really well. Don’t get me wrong, I like Sergio Romero as well, but David is a special keeper who wins you points throughout the season."

2. Harry Maguire

"We don’t need defenders. Why do we need defenders?" asked Paul. "Defenders are just strikers who are no good when they get older. I’ll go for Harry Maguire. I think he’s brilliant. He looks like a captain as well, he’s a leader."

3. Paul Pogba

"I played a bit with Paul and everyone knows the talent Paul has got," said Scholesy. "He's a special player and was brilliant with Juventus and France at the World Cup. He's been really good here at times as well. I'd liken him to someone like Steven Gerrard - pace, power and skill. He can do absolutely everything. I'll go for Paul for what he's done in the game and what he's able to achieve in the future."

4. Marcus Rashford

"I always like pace and to play with quick players, as a slow midfielder as well, you want someone to give the ball to who can create something," explained Paul. "I like Marcus and love Anthony Martial as well. I think they're both brilliant, talented attacking players, who can both play left and through the middle. I think Marcus just edges it for quality. It's Marcus for me."

5. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

"I would've loved to have played with Zlatan. I'll go for Zlatan, just to help Marcus through the game [after Rashford explains how the Swede helped improve his own mentality]!"

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1. Edwin van der Sar

"I had this debate the other day, you know," revealed Rashford. "I’d pick van der Sar, just because when I was younger, that’s who I’d seen play in the first team. He always looked assured at the back but the person who I was doing the interview with was a bit older and he wasn’t having it. He said Schmeichel!" 

2. Nemanja Vidic

"I said Rio [Ferdinand] the other week but, because he’s picked Maguire, I’d probably pick Vidic. But Rio or Vidic for me. You need one of them in there!" When asked what Vida was like in training, Scholesy replied: "He was one of those defenders who thought he could play as a no.10."

3. Paul Scholes

"I would put Scholesy in there as I'm only going to have one midfield player. I need someone who can find the forwards, the two of them up there. He is the best player in that position as he's got the range of passes. He's shown it from when I first watched him when I was young."

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4. Wayne Rooney

"I know who I'm picking," said Marcus. "I'm going to pick Wazza. He has everything as a forward but other attributes that enable him to play in other positions. I think, watching him from when I was young, I was seeing how he changed his game and developed into the player he's now known for. It's an unbelievable transition for me. He excites me every time I watch him play. He's got a bit of bite to him and it's important. With his character and personality, it's natural for him to do that and I think it's important to have that emotional side to it." 

5. Ryan Giggs

"I'd put Giggsy in mine because I think he's just been class from the first time he played for the club. He definitely played a big part in my career and, watching players like that come through the Academy, is what drives you and gives you the self-belief you can do it as well. He trained with us a few times when he was coach under Louis van Gaal and it was just his quality, like when Carras [Michael Carrick] joins in now. He still has the quality on his passes, passes forward and find gaps. Even dribbling. He's not as quick as he was when he was playing, but Giggsy could dribble past some of the players in training. Just his ball control was unbelievable and natural to him. It hadn't left him, obviously."

Who would win? David May gave this verdict: "Marcus's. All day - 100 per cent." Scholesy added: "I totally agree with you, I'm not being funny!"

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