Paul Scholes doesn’t speak very often but when he does, everybody listens. Speaking to Manutd.com about the new summer signings, the evergreen Scholes says that he is delighted with the new players that Manchester United bought in the transfer window and believes that the squad is looking as strong as ever.
“It all looks very healthy and, as players, we know when we get given our chance we have to take it. If you don’t, you’ll be out of the team, simple as that.” Paul Scholes
He said: “You always like to see new players come in even if they’re in your position because it’s healthy for the team and exciting to play with the new players.
“We’ve got strength everywhere in the squad. We’ve struggled with injuries to defenders, but when we have everyone fit I think there are two teams that the manager has available to him and that could compete in the Premier League and cup competitions.
In a busy summer window, United signed four players and with Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez on the verge of being announced, it will soon become five officially. After City won the league last year, it was a real statement of intent from Sir Alex.
In truth, it might have hurt to see our neighbours win the title but if we had been champions, we wouldn’t of seen anywhere near as much strength brought into the side, so every cloud has its silver lining.
Speaking about the new players, Scholes said: “All the new signings have settled in well. Shinji [Kagawa] has been with us since the start of pre-season so he’s had a good amount of time to settle in.
“He’s a top class player who did great in Germany and we’re lucky to have him.
“Nick Powell has done really well. He hasn’t had much first team action yet but he’s only a young lad and there’s plenty of time for him. He has great quality.
“Robin [van Persie] is a top signing and we all hope to form a good understanding with him as the season goes on and Alex [Buttner] played his first game for the Under 21s last week and did really well.
“There’s great competition for places with so many good players here and there are plenty of games to come [for everyone to be involved in].”
“Shinji is just a clever footballer who gets into those great positions where it’s difficult for other teams to pick him up. He’s always on the move which makes it easier for the midfielders to find him.” Paul Scholes
Paul gave a special mention to our new Japanese play maker Shinji Kagawa, who has made a great start to his United career. For seasons, United have relied on the intelligence of Paul Scholes to unlock a defence but with Kagawa in the squad, United finally have genuine options.
He said: “He really fits in with the way we play. It’s important that he links up well with the midfielders and centre forwards and he’s already shown he’s clever enough to do that. He’s very intelligent and someone we all enjoy playing with.”