Former Manchester United players have been reacting to the recent transfer activity at Old Trafford in different ways. Paul Scholes is optimistic that the new signings will deliver while Bryan Robson has criticised the club for selling Danny Welbeck.
Former Manchester United man Paul Scholes has been enthusing about the club’s new signings in an interview published on the club’s official website. The Old Trafford legend, who hasn’t been slow to criticise his former employers in the recent past, was towing the party line this time. In relation to South American new boys Radamel Falcao and Angel di Maria he gushed:
“The calibre of player we have brought in is top quality, like Di Maria and Falcao. 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. Defensively we haven’t been great either so he needs to sort that out. Then, I’m sure we can be vying for Champions League places.”
When asked if it would be difficult to accommodate this vast array of talent in the starting line up he responded:
“It is yeah, but it’s not a bad problem to have.”
He also called on fans to quit complaining and give the new manager a chance to turn things around:
“Fans have been moaning about the type of players that were at the club and now you can’t do that. I think Ed Woodward has done his job brilliantly during this transfer window with some great signings. Now it is over to the manager to sort everything out and make us a good team again.”
Conversely another former legend Bryan Robson has had a go at the club for offloading home grown talent Danny Welbeck to make way for the mega money signings. He told The Star:
“I think United added some quality players and allowed the right people to go – apart from Danny. That is the only one I thought I wouldn’t have made. I would have liked to have seen Danny still as a United player. He is not an out-and-out goalscorer but he has other attributes and I think it is a great signing by Arsenal.”
Record England goalscorer Michael Owen while not criticising Manchester United for the sale echoed Robson’s comments on Welbeck’s quality believing he will deliver as a front line striker, in an interview at the Soccerex Global Convention he said:
“With Arsenal I think he will be given that chance to play in the middle and I think it could be one of the signings of the summer.”
Dan O’Mahony, Pundit Arena.