Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes that the current squad is unbalanced and that there are too many play-makers in the side.
Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has talked about inheriting an unbalanced squad from David Moyes and now former midfielder Paul Scholes has also pointed out the fact that there are too many number tens in the squad at the moment.
Last season David Moyes struggled a lot with his team selection as failed to find a system where he can get the best out of all the attacking talents in the squad. Some of the players had to play out of position as Wayne Rooney, Juan Mata and Shinji Kagawa were all suited to a central role in attack.
New manager Louis van Gaal felt that the squad is unbalanced following his assessment and now Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has echoed similar sentiments. Anders Herrera, who arrived from Spain this summer, has also shown in the pre-season that he is comfortable playing in an advanced role in the midfield, and it will be interesting to see how van Gaal manages to get the best out of him, alongside the likes of Wayne Rooney and Juan Mata.
Scholes also felt that United need to strengthen their defence following the departure of Nemanja Vidic, Rio Ferdinand and Patrice Evra.
“He said it himself and the squad looks unbalanced to me.
“They have a number of number tens, with Juan Mata, Shinji Kagawa and Adnan Januzaj, and Ander Herrera looks more like a number ten than a central midfield player.
“Tom Cleverely you could argue is a number ten as well, so there is a lot of them type of players but they are struggling a little bit for defenders.
“Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Jonny Evans are the only recognised defenders. He said he likes Michael Keane and Tyler Blackett who are up and coming, but his priority will be defenders.
“If you look at the first three lads I mentioned they don’t have great injury records as well. They don’t seem to play as many games as the likes of Rio (Ferdinand), Vidic (Nemanja) and Evra (Patrice) who have been the cornerstone of the defence for the last ten years.
“If you take them out, especially Evra with the left-back situation with a young lad like Luke Shaw coming in on a big money move, there will be a lot of pressure on him.
“I think it would have been nice for Patrice to stay and guide him through that, but I can understand Patrice’s side of the coin as well – he wants to play football.
“There are big losses there but there are young defenders there, and if they stay fit I think they will do well.” – The former Manchester United midfielder said.
Scholes believes that having someone like van Gaal in charge, who is not afraid of telling to your face what he feels about you, will help the players.
“If they don’t like it then tough. I think it’s the best way to be when a player knows where they stand it’s always better than being a bit unsure.
“Does the manager like me or does he not like me? It seems with this man you’ll know either way, and that can only be a good thing.” – He added.
Louis van Gaal has used a three-man defence in the pre-season and Scholes feels that is suited to get the best out of Robin van Persie and Wayne Rooney.
“He has played many different systems with whatever club he has been with.
“With Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern Munich he could play any system but I think when he has had a look at these players this is the system that he feels is best to cope with the squad.
“I think it’s designed to get his forward players in, he likes to get his two forwards Van Persie and Rooney and the number ten, which has been Mata in.
“When you have got the quality of these players in your team you can only score goals – if he can work any system around those three then United fans are in for a good season and an entertaining season with a lot of goals.” – Scholes said.