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Paul Scholes backs Manchester United spending spree

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Paul Scholes has backed Manchester United's £150 million summer spending spree, but believes the biggest concern boss Louis van Gaal now has is fitting all his new stars in.

Six new faces arrived at Old Trafford before the summer window slammed shut - Luke Shaw, Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Angel di Maria, Daley Blind and Radamel Falcao.

Millions

Those six players cost around £150 million, including the £10 million loan fee they forked out to take Falcao from Monaco on deadline day. According to reports, if they want to make his switch to Old Trafford permanent, they will have to pay a further £45 million.

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That major overhaul has been greeted enthusiastically by the club's fans - and Scholes has also backed the spending done by Van Gaal and Manchester United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward.

Sorting

"The calibre of player we have brought in is top quality, like Di Maria and Falcao,” the former midfielder told MUTV. “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."

One complaint raised by Manchester United fans is that key problems areas such as a lack of options in defence and midfield weren't addressed and Scholes agrees they look heavy up top - but insists that's not the worst problem to have.

Problem

When asked if Van Gaal's biggest problem was fitting everyone in, Scholes replied: "It is yeah, but it's not a bad problem to have.

“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.”

The Red Devils will resume their Premier League campaign after the international break on Saturday when they take on QPR at Old Trafford. A host of their new signings should make their debuts - Rojo, Shaw, Blind and Falcao are all ready to pull on the shirt for the first time.

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