After Manchester United finished fourth in this season’s Premier League, former midfielder Paul Scholes says that the team needs to get more defenders to sustain a campaign for the title.
Scholes made the observation when asked about the chances of his former team to contend for the league next season. The former player, who played his entire career with United, said that, for the team to stand a better chance, manager Louis van Gaal needs to focus on getting good defenders during the summer transfer season to support the current ones on the team.
“You look at [Patrice] Evra, [Nemanja] Vidic and [Rio] Ferdinand, and in their prime they were fit all the time,” Scholes pointed out. “They were really big characters but when you come to the end of your time at United you have to accept that.”
Scholes also said that other teams would already be busy doing the same thing. League champions Chelsea, he notes, are expected to do three sign ups this transfer season. On the other hand, second-placer Arsenal is said to be gunning for tw acquisitions. However, the 40 year old notes that it would better for United to opt and get “ready made” players instead of vying for standouts in the rookie market, as he says that this would give them better value for what they spend.
And as it turns out, United seems to be heeding Scholes’ advice, as executive vice-president Ed Woodward earlier said that they will be busy during the transfer window. The team has already siugned up young winger Memphis Depay and is expected to do five more.
Concerning the squad’s chances at next season’s Champions League, the team legend admits that he had been critical of van Gaal’s performance this season, but said that the Dutchman did manage to achieve one of his main objectives, which is to land United onto the top four. However, he asserted that it is still to early to give any real prediction.