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Paul Scholes Laments Manchester United’s Lack Of Midfield Quality

Former United midfielder Paul Scholes was unimpressed with his former team’s performance against Swansea…

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Former Manchester United midfielder has criticised the club’s lack of midfield option, following their 2-1 home defeat to Swansea City on the opening day of the Premier League season.

Louis van Gaal’s new look 3-5-2 formation included Darren Fletcher, Ander Herrera and Juan Mata in midfield, while Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young began the game in the wing-back roles.

An injury to Lingard and the half-time withdrawal of striker Javier Hernandez changed United’s approach, but Marouane Fellaini was the only change the Dutchman was able to make to his central trio, with the Belgian replacing Herrera mid-way through the second period.

“The quality end to end was lacking,” Scholes told BT Sport after the game, “Van Gaal knows now that he needs players but I think he probably knew that beforehand and he knows it more than ever now.

“We definitely needed players from the start, whether he being at the World Cup was a factor doesn’t matter. In the midfield area the quality wasn’t there.”

Herrera, and full-back Luke Shaw are United’s only transfer additions so far this summer – and today’s performance emphasised the need for further signings as the club chase an instant return to Champions League football, following last year’s seventh place finish.

United have been heavily linked to Juventus star Arturo Vidal this summer, but have so far been unable to force through a move.

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