Paul Scholes says selection problems will arise with Radamel Falcao arrival

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Paul Scholes does not think Radamel Falcao, Robin van Persie abnd Wayne Rooney can play together in the same starting XI and the Manchester United legend believes that Louis van Gaal has a tough decision on his hands.

Scholes admitted he was excited by the prospect of Radamel Falcao turning out for the Red Devils in the Premier League and believes he is capable of scoring lots of goals.

“When I watched Radamel Falcao play for Porto, Atletico Madrid and Monaco I saw a striker with excellent movement and a goalscoring record that is simply out of this world,” he said in his column for the Independent.

Tough choice

However, he also said that he was unsure as to how Van Gaal would deploy his three top earners in the side. Both Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes struggled to accommodate their leading forwards with only Rooney and Van Persie.

Van Gaal’s decision looks to be tougher, though his use of the 3-5-2 formation – and variations of it – mean he has more freedom to pick his forwards than when Manchester United played with the lone centre-forward.

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Alternative placing

Some have suggested that Rooney’s ability to play in midfield or in the hole behind a front two could give the Dutch manager a way out.

This suggestion would require leaving out one of Juan Mata and Angel di Maria, not to mention legitimate questions over whether preferring the England and Manchester United captain over the two midfielders was a good idea.

Odd one out

Scholes believes the three will only be considered as strikers and feels that Van Gaal will decide to use them as forwards and that someone is likely to end up unhappy, though he wasn’t about to venture his opinion as to who it would be.

“Falcao creates competition in United’s forward line,” added the former midfielder.

“There is no way that Louis van Gaal can play Rooney, Robin van Persie and Falcao together. It will have to be two from three and which two it is hard to say as yet.”

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