Sir Alex Ferguson confirms he doubted Paul Scholes

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Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed that he had his doubts over Paul Scholes’s ability to make it as a Manchester United player when the pair first met, because of the player’s height and stature.

Sir Alex concerns

Speaking to The Big Issue, Sir Alex revealed that his first thought upon seeing the man who would go on to become an Old Trafford legend, was that he was “too small”. Scholes graduated into the senior United side with the fabled Class of 92’, and went onto play 718 games for the Red Devils, leaving him third in the all-time appearance list.

He was also a core member of arguably Sir Alex Ferguson's best team during his United reign, and his admirers are plentiful in number. The likes of Pep Guardiola and Xavi count Scholes as amongst the best players to have played the game, and his ability to dictate the play in the midfield has been sorely missed since his decision to hang up his boots.

Di Maria form

Elsewhere Argentina boss Gerardo Martino has had his say on the apparent dip in form suffered by Angel Di Maria. The ex-Barcelona coach insisted it wasn’t a surprise, despite the fact that Di Maria hit the ground running in the Premier League and has failed to keep his momentum going.

The Argentina international has continued to perform well, but his early goal-scoring form which got United fans oh so excited appears to have deserted him, and there's already people questioning whether he'll be suitable for the Premier League in the long-term.

Other news

- Manchester United might not have to worry about De Gea being targeted by Real Madrid anymore, as it appears Los Blancos now want Spurs 'keeper Hugo Lloris to be their next number one. The future of current stopper Iker Casillas has been a subject of debate for some time now, but Lloris could replace him.

- It now looks unlikely that the Red Devils will strengthen in January, as Ed Woodward has confirmed that it's difficult to do business. The United chief said that if targets became available then something could change, but that it was unlikely to happen.

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