Paul Scholes has given his backing to Manchester United's signing of Angel di Maria, but evidently believes that the club may have paid over the odds to bring the versatile attacking midfielder in from Real Madrid.
Argentine international Di Maria was officially unveiled to the media as a Manchester United employee on Thursday afternoon, with the club having finally brought one of this summer's longest-running transfer sagas to an end with a £59.7 million British record deal that was first announced earlier this week.
And while Scholes - a true Red Devils legend who made over 700 appearances for the club, winning a total of 13 Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two Champions League winners medals before retiring for the second and final time in 2013 - is of the opinion that Di Maria will bring excitement back to Old Trafford, he could not help but query the magnitude of the fee involved.
"He is what United need. He is the kind of player who will get fans at Old Trafford excited and out of their seats. He can beat a man and create a chance," the former England midfielder wrote in his latest column for The Independent.
"Like a lot of United fans I don’t care how much was paid for him – although I think £59.7m is too much. The important thing for the club is that they have signed him. I just hope there are more players to come."
The capture of Di Maria - who will take on the famous number seven shirt following his transfer to Manchester United - should markedly improve the feeling around the club that appeared to sink to its lowest ebb following Tuesday's remarkably awful 4-0 defeat at the hands of MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.
However, while Di Maria - a player who was simply instrumental in Real Madrid's Champions League victory over rivals Atletico back in May and will presumably be used by Louis van Gaal in both central midfield and wider areas - should add some genuine world-class quality to a notably weak Manchester United first-team squad, it certainly could be argued that his position should not have been an immediate priority.
Defence would appear to be the main area of immediate concern for supporters, with the trio of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Tyler Blackett yet to impress, Jonny Evans hardly covering himself in glory during that aforementioned loss at Stadium MK and Marco Rojo yet to gain an official work permit following his switch from Sporting Lisbon.
While defenders are clearly needed, it appears that Van Gaal is eager to further strengthen his midfield options prior to Monday's transfer deadline.
Like Di Maria, Arturo Vidal has found himself at the heart of non-stop speculation throughout the current window, although recent reports would appear to hint that Manchester United are stepping up their long-term interest in the Juventus star.
Manchester United fans, what do you make of Scholes' comments? Do you agree with his stance on Di Maria? Did Van Gaal and Ed Woodward pay too much to secure his signature? Let us know your thoughts in the comment box provided below.
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