Arsenal star best in England claims Manchester United legend - originally posted on Soccerlens.com
Manchester United legend and probably the best central midfielder England have ever had Paul Scholes wasn't sure about the progress of Arsenal's Jack Wilshere few months' back. Back in March, Scholes was being critical about Arsenal's midfield and Wilshere in particular.
Paul Scholes has said he fears for Manchester United's future, insisting that unless major signings are made, the club could follow the same path that took Liverpool into the wilderness in the 1990s.
After a summer that started promisingly with the arrivals of Luke Shaw and Ander Herrera and the appointment of Louis Van Gaal, United have dragged their heels for the last two months while their direct rivals have strengthened and Saturday's defeat against Swansea was a timely reminder that the gap between United and the elite of English football is widening.
Paul Scholes has described Louis Van Gaal as a "mad genius" and has claimed Manchester United will not win the league this season, as they haven't strengthened their squad enough, compared to what their Premier League rivals have done.
The former United midfield maestro is confident the club have got the right man to steady the ship after a disastrous 12 months and towards a top four finish, but Scholes insists a title challenge is beyond the current squad's capabilities, as they lack quality in midfield, despite the arrival of Ander Herrera.
David Beckham and Paul Scholes react as Man Utd are dumped out of League Cup by York in '95
Having missed out on Europe under the failed reign of David Moyes, Manchester United were involved in the Capital One Cup second round draw for the first time since 1995 (when 'Fergie's fledglings' lost 4-3 on aggregate to York City).
Despite steadfastly refusing to say a word throughout his playing days, Paul Scholes can't keep from spouting off with a Paddy Power blog, a cameo pundit stint with Sky Sports toward the tail-end of last season and now two count 'em!
Paul Scholes has described new Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal as a man possessing "the Mida's touch",but admitted the Dutchman will have to perform at his best if he is to bring United back to the Premier League's summit.
In his latest blog for bookmaker Paddy Power, Scholes pointed at Van Gaal's influence in guiding a good, but by no means vintage, Holland team to the semifinal and claimed fans and players alike will be excited by the prospect of the former Ajax, Barcelona and Bayern manager taking charge at Old Trafford.
Paul Scholes has had a pop at Manchester City fans for failing to sell out yet another big game at the Etihad.
"The crowd need to get behind this team they need to create a special European atmosphere," Scholes said. "I was lucky enough to play at Old Trafford and we always talked about the atmosphere on a Tuesday night, the special atmosphere you create, and the crowd is rocking when you go out for a warm up.
Paul Scholes, who has been fairly critical of United in the media recently, has sung the praises of new signings Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao.
"The calibre of player we have brought in is top quality, like Di Maria and Falcao," Scholes told MUTV. "These are proper players. We just have to find a way of getting them all in the same team, playing well and scoring goals which we have struggled to do a little bit.