Paul Scholes, who has been used sparingly so far this season, has sung the praises of the quality of our squad and is happy with the competition for places.

“You always like to see new players come in even if they’re in your position because it’s healthy for the team and exciting to play with the new players,” he told “We’ve got strength everywhere in the squad. We’ve struggled with injuries to defenders, but when we have everyone fit I think there are two teams that the manager has available to him and that could compete in the Premier League and cup competitions. It all looks very healthy and, as players, we know when we get given our chance we have to take it. If you don’t, you’ll be out of the team, simple as that. All the new signings have settled in well. Shinji has been with us since the start of pre-season so he’s had a good amount of time to settle in. He’s a top class player who did great in Germany and we’re lucky to have him. Nick Powell has done really well. He hasn’t had much first team action yet but he’s only a young lad and there’s plenty of time for him. He has great quality. Robin is a top signing and we all hope to form a good understanding with him as the season goes on and Alex [Buttner] played his first game for the Under 21s last week and did really well. There’s great competition for places with so many good players here and there are plenty of games to come.”