Paul Scholes believes Cristiano Ronaldo must return to the starting line-up for Manchester United's clash with Arsenal on Thursday.

Michael Carrick took the decision to exclude the 36-year-old from the starting XI for the recent 1-1 draw with Chelsea, resigning Ronaldo to the bench as he made late cameo in the United contest versus the Premier League leaders.

Jadon Sancho capitalised on a mistake from Jorginho to put United ahead at Stamford Bridge, before Aaron Wan-Bissaka was penalised for a kick on Thiago Silva allowing for the Chelsea captain to atone for his earlier error.

Carrick's selections saw defensive-minded midfield trio of Fred, Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay picked as Bruno Fernandes edged forward into a false nine role, with Marcus Rashford and Sancho leading the line.

And despite the positive result at Chelsea, former United midfielder Scholes admits that a centre forward must the on the teamsheet.

"I'd play a centre forward, for a start," Scholes told Premier League Productions when quizzed over the changes he'd make for the visit of Mikel Arteta's side.

"I think Cristiano will play, I think the two wide players will still probably play, possibly play two of the midfield players instead of three of them, so Fernandes comes [into midfield] as well instead of Matic or Fred.

"Arsenal are nowhere near the quality of Chelsea, they're nowhere near the quality of Liverpool, they're nowhere near the quality of Manchester City."

Ralf Rangnick could be in the dugout for the Gunners trip to Old Trafford, pending the resolution of work permit issues.

The former RB Leipzig manager was confirmed as the interim manager at United following the sacking of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer on Monday.

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