Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has criticised his former team by saying that the club have made a big mistake by allowing both Robin van Persie and Javier Hernandez to leave this summer, as well as not extending Falcao’s loan. Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has allowed several players to leave the club during his one year reign, but he has only made one striking signing in 19-year-old Anthony Martial, something Scholes disagrees with.
United didn’t have a recognised striker on the bench during the defeat to PSV Eindhoven last night, with Van Gaal seeing Marouane Fellaini as one of his forward men. However, for the vast majority, Fellaini is not a striker.
Wayne Rooney is injured for United, and James Wilson looks likely to leave the club on loan – something which would cause even more trouble in the forward department. But Scholes still thinks the Dutch manager made a mistake by letting go of two top strikers and leaving United with just Wayne Rooney as a senior player.
Scholes told BT Sport: “They’ve let three or four strikers go. Now, I think if we had kept one of them, kept a Van Persie or Hernandez then it looks quite strong.”
“Van Gaal said last summer the squad was unbalanced. I think it’s more unbalanced now.”
“They can score goals, Van Persie and Hernandez can score goals. Martial could be a real threat coming off the bench. I just think that’s a mistake.”
[Quotes via Manchester Evening News]