Manchester United legend,Paul Scholes has claimed that his former club will not be challenging to win the Premier League title in 2014-15.
However he believes that Champions League qualification is the foremost priority in Louis van Gaal's first season at Old Trafford and achieving that the season can be considered a success.
City or Chelsea: Champions of 2014-15
”The title is between City and Chelsea.The next two places are between United,Liverpool and Arsenal," the former midfielder said.
Scholes said that both City and Chelsea have the strongest squads in England. However, United still needs a world class midfielder. Scholes expressed his disappointment at the fact that the Red Devils were not able to sign players like Toni Kroos from Bayern Munich, who joined Real Madrid for £20 million and Cesc Fabregas for whom Chelsea reportedly paid £27 million to Barcelona.
Both players were available in the transfer market this summer and the respective clubs wrapped up the signings in a short span of time.
No chance for Arsenal
The 39-year-old brushed off any possibilities of Arsenal winning the title this term, claiming they haven’t addressed the issues that concerned them in 2013-14. Wenger needed a central defender and a strong midfielder. Alexis Sanchez is undoubtedly a good signing but Scholes has questioned if The Gunners actually need someone like him.
The midfielder admitted that although United redeemed some form and finished seventh last season, when he joined Ryan Giggs in the coaching staff after the club sacked David Moyes,t he confidence in the dressing room was at an all time low.
Van Gaal ideal man to lead United
The appointment of Van Gaal will serve as the perfect impetus to boost the squad ahead of the upcoming season. Scholes has hailed the manager as a tough taskmaster and a tactical genius.
The ex-England international finds similarities between Sir Alex Ferguson and Van Gaal saying both managers are “scary” which could provide the fear factor for the players to perform week-in and week-out and it would be good keeping into view the long term prospects at Old Trafford.