Paul Scholes - Man Utd have to keep Angel Di Maria
Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich may be lining up a summer move to lure Angel Di Maria from Manchester United - but Old Trafford great Paul Scholes has insists his former club should hang on to their club record signing.
Di Maria has been hailed as a flop after struggling to impress since his £59.7m move from Real Madrid, but Scholes has suggested this proven performer has to be given a chance to rediscover his best form in a United shirt.
“For £59.7m, the hope was that he would give United much more,” Scholes wrote in his column for The Independent.
“I accept he has had problems off the pitch settling into life in Manchester, but there is no way he can see the season as anything other than a disappointment. This was, after all, the best player in last season’s Champions League final.
“Nevertheless, the quality is there and I don't think United can afford to lose him. They need that kind of player if they are to compete in the Champions League. Let’s see what next season brings.”
United have been linked with a move for Harry Kane in recent weeks and Scholes admits the Tottenham forward has traits that he remembers from a former Old Trafford great.
"There was a goal against West Bromwich Albion, his first of two, on 31 January, which reminded me of Ruud van Nistelrooy at his best," he wrote.
"There was nothing gentle about it – quick feet and then a shot that was smashed past the goalkeeper. That was typical of Ruud. He was unwilling to give the goalkeeper any chance at all. You need that ruthlessness as a goalscorer.
"Kane’s record of 31 goals in all competitions is superb, and his attitude is obviously excellent. I am sure that he knows next season will be difficult for him but there is no reason he cannot make progress again.
"I see him as a No 9, a classic centre-forward. I don’t think he is a No 10 in the Teddy Sheringham mould. Sheringham would link the play but that is not Kane’s game."