Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has admitted he fears Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial could leave the club because they arenât receiving enough love and support from Jose Mourinho.
Itâs been a tumultuous season for the Red Devils and their manager.
Despite finishing second in the Premier League â âPerformance-wise it wasnât great,â says Scholes â there has been a constant tension in the dugout, with Mourinho digging out his players for their below-par performances.
The boss was particularly scathing towards his team after last monthâs 1-0 defeat to Brighton, with his frustration directed at 20-year-old Rashford and 22-year-old Martial.
âIt was not good enough,â he said. âThe players who replaced others did not perform at a good level and, when individuals do that, it is difficult for the team to play well.â
Those comments were in direct reference to Rashford and Martial, with Mourinho suggesting justification for their bit-part roles this season.
Asked about Mourinhoâs attitude towards the clubâs young players this season, Scholes said: âItâs a little bit worrying, especially the comment after the Brighton game.
âThese young players need an arm around them these days, they need a bit of love at times and they arenât really getting that. Would they improve if they get that? I hope that they would.â
And the former midfielder, who won 11 Premier League titles in 20 seasons with Man United, fears Mourinhoâs attitude could come back to bite the club if their young stars leave.
Speaking about Rashford and Martial, Scholes added:Â âI know theyâre good players, theyâre really talented players.
âThose two especially, I just donât want them to be players who leave and turn out to be sensational, because you can easily see that happening.â