Paul Scholes has heaped praise on Manchester United’s new signings this summer, with the retired midfielder revealing he thinks Ashley Young, Phil Jones and David De Gea have what it takes to make their mark at Old Trafford – and keep the club challenging for the major honours.
While fans might be wondering how Scholes’ absence will affect the side next season, the 36-year-old reckons Young, Jones and De Gea are stellar additions to a squad with designs on retaining their Barclays Premier League title.
"Ashley Young I know most about after seeing him in the Premier League for a few years now," Scholes told Manchester United TV. "He's a player ideally suited to us. He makes goals and is capable of scoring goals as well so I think he'll be great for us.
“He can play left, right or centre-forward as he did do a bit for Aston Villa last season. He's a versatile player and I'm sure he'll do well for us.”
While Young was Ferguson’s first signing of the summer, Jones followed in quick succession, with the defender making a move for a reported fee of £18 million. And Scholes, who played for many years alongside stalwart United defenders Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic, believes the young defender will get even better when he gets regular football in a United shirt.
"Phil Jones broke into the Blackburn team in the last year or so and he's a quick, strong player and relatively local lad as well which will help,” Scholes said. “He's got to Rio and Nemanja to learn from which is great for him and he can only improve watching these players. He can also play in central midfield and it's nice to have that option as well.”
While Scholes admitted to not knowing much about De Gea, the England international said he trusts Ferguson’s judgment on the young keeper, and is hopeful the Spaniard can become a star at Old Trafford.
He added: "Although he's a young lad, has got quite a lot of experience with Atletico Madrid. They're a big club with big crowds every week.
"We'll just have to see how he gets on. Edwin [van der Sar] is obviously going to be missed as he was such a big presence in goal but I'm sure Eric Steele and the manager think they've got the right man and I hope they have."