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Signing of Mata and Fellaini responsible for current Man Utd slump says Paul Scholes

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Manchester United have started their campaign this season in dismal form, just getting nine points from their first eight matches.

Red Devils are only two points safe of the relegation zone in 12th place, and to make the things worst, the opponent they would be facing next would be Liverpool who haven’t dropped a single point in their last 17 games.

Everyone would agree that Manchester United haven’t been able to stabilise themselves after the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson in 2013, how Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has pointed out that the departure of chief executive David Gill also had a negative impact on the performance of the club.

Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward took charge of transfer business after that point and Scholes believes that some of his earliest moves were a sign of what was to come.

“When you look five or six years ago when Alex left, the other person who didn’t get the credit he deserved was David Gill,” Scholes told Radio Five Live.

“He was a football man and he knew footballers. From the day he and Sir Alex left, it has been difficult.

“I think the alarm bells rang straight away when David (Moyes) took over and signed Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini for £70m.

“They are good players but I don’t think they were Man Utd players. I don’t think Sir Alex and David Gill would have signed those players.

“We are in this position now because we have signed players who are not Man Utd players. Ole is in there now and trying to put it right.

When asked if he could have done anything different to prevent the great Manchester United slump, the former midfielder was quick to put his faith in his old teammate and current manager Solskjaer.

“I think four or five transfer windows, and they have to be good transfer windows,” he said.

“Ole’s first three signings have been good and promising. As long as he is in charge of the players coming in, I don’t see a problem.

“We hope it goes to back challenging for titles and Champions Leagues.”

We just hope the Red Devils make some good signings and kick some old ones out to reboot the whole machinery.


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