Paul Scholes Talks Up Sir Alex Ferguson's Influence After Man Utd Transfer Criticism

Nov 25, 2020, 3:00 PM GMT
Paul Scholes
Scholes has criticised United's transfer activity since 2013 | Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has claimed the club would not have followed through with a number of signings made since 2013 had Sir Alex Ferguson still been in charge.

The Red Devils have signed a number of high-profile players who have failed to deliver in the post-Ferguson era - the likes of Radamel Falcao, Angel Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez among the most obvious examples.

But there has been a visible change in approach under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Norwegian has looked to rebuild his squad by offloading members who didn't want to be at the club and signing players who meet a certain criteria and want to play for the badge.

Harry Maguire, Bruno Fernandes
Bruno Fernandes has been sensational since his arrival | Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Nevertheless, the number of signings who have failed to deliver since making the switch to Old Trafford since Ferguson retired has been well documented, and Scholes has now shared his thoughts on the matter.

Speaking on BT Sport on Tuesday (via the Daily Star), Scholes claimed that Sir Alex would never have allowed the club to sign some of the players United have done in the last few years if he was still in charge.

“It’s a role that confuses me,” Scholes said. “I think since Sir Alex went, signing players ever since those days has been wrong at times.

"I know for a fact there have been a lot of players Sir Alex would not have chosen. It looks like they’re going to go down that route [director of football]. Whether they do, there’s been many names mentioned.

“Do you have someone from United in the past involved? I know Edwin [van Der Sar] has been mentioned who has done a great job at Ajax. I really don’t know what the answer is.”

A number of names have indeed been mentioned with regards to a potential director of football. The most recent to be linked with the role is Everton chief Marcel Brands, with the Red Devils thought to be considering an approach as his contract is due to expire at the end of the season.