Giggs and Scholes during their playing days.

Manchester United must replace Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs this summer

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With the European Championships now in full swing, Jose Mourinho will no doubt be monitoring who to bring to new club Manchester United.

The Portuguese, who was announced as Louis van Gaal's replacement last month, despite the Dutchman steering them to the FA Cup, has already signed Eric Bailly from Villarreal and continues to chase free agent Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

However, with United still yet to sufficiently replace Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs, Mourinho must ensure he signs a quality central midfielder and a pacey winger if United are ever to return to the summit of English football.


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Scholes and Giggs were two of the greatest individuals to ever grace the English game, with the duo helping United win countless trophies down the years whilst Sir Alex Ferguson was at the helm.

Scholes is widely regarded as one of the classiest midfielders of all time, given his sublime passing and shooting, and he remained evergreen even when he hung up his boots for a second time once Ferguson left in 2013.

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Giggs opted to stay for a crack at life under David Moyes, but retired after the Scot’s harrowing tenure and took charge for the final four games of the 2013/2014 season, once Moyes had been axed.

Van Gaal splashed the cash during his difficult two years at Old Trafford but failed to replace the club legends, meaning that that burden will now rest on the shoulders of Mourinho.

Mourinho may have been axed by Chelsea last December with the club flirting with relegation, but his record in the transfer market is impressive nonetheless, having purchased players such as Didier Drogba, Cesc Fabregas, Claude Makelele, and Branislav Ivanovic during his two spells at Stamford Bridge.

More of the same is required if United are to recover from their three-year slump, with the club linked with midfielders such as Toni Kroos, Paul Pogba, and N’Golo Kante in recent months.


As for wingers, Mourinho’s men have been linked with many potential heirs to Giggs’ throne, with Gareth Bale, Neymar, and Felipe Anderson all being tipped for a stunning summer transfer.

United have lured the likes of Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay, and Angel di Maria in recent years in a bid to replace their two former stalwarts, but all three have disappointed in the Premier League.

Replacing Scholes and Giggs was never going to be easy, but Mourinho can right the wrongs of his predecessors by landing Kroos and Neymar this summer.

Kroos has the same passing radar that Scholes once did, with his performances for Germany, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid in recent years propelling him towards becoming the best central midfielder in world football.

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With Madrid chasing Pogba, a possible move away from the Spanish capital could happen, though United may face a stern challenge from Serie A champions Juventus for his signature.

As for Bale, well he’s Welsh, possesses amazing dribbling skills and carries a goal threat, just like Giggs himself.

However, like Kroos and with United having no Champions League football to offer, landing him may prove difficult.

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