Paul Scholes has issued a statement sure to sting all Manchester United supporters, suggesting that the club have been dull for the past few years.
Speaking on the Fletch and Sav show ahead of United’s third Premier League outing of the season - a home tie against Newcastle United - the former Red Devils midfielder claimed his old club had been like watching paint dry, until the arrival of Memphis Depay.
Scholes a sceptic
Indeed the Old Trafford legend, now a football pundit, appears to be a big fan of the young Dutch star, who himself bagged two goals during United’s 3-1 Champions League qualifier victory over Club Brugge.
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Scholes took the time to criticise United for being dull, both under David Moyes and Louis van Gaal, but said that Depay’s arrival could herald a change to all of that.
Life after Ferguson
Naturally fans might be inclined to agree with him considering how well the club have fared since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. A seventh-placed finish in the immediate aftermath of the legendary Scot’s exit, followed up by a narrowly-clinched fourth spot last year, has left plenty to be desired.
However, Van Gaal has spent big this year, and early signs are that his business has been good. Matteo Darmian looks to be the ideal man to patrol the club’s right-flank, whilst Bastian Schweinsteiger adds untold experience and Morgan Schneiderlin a bite to the midfield.
Nevertheless it’s Depay who fans are most stirred up about. The youngster finished as the Eredivisie’s top goalscorer last term and has a glowing reputation already.
He has yet to properly strut his stuff in the Premier League, but Scholes might not be far off in describing him as a game-changer for United.
Red Devils fans, do you agree with Scholes’ assessment? Let us know what you make of Depay and the club in the comments box below.