Paul Scholes, who has been fairly critical of United in the media recently, has sung the praises of new signings Angel di Maria and Radamel Falcao.

“The calibre of player we have brought in is top quality, like Di Maria and Falcao,” Scholes told MUTV. “These are proper players. We just have to find a way of getting them all in the same team, playing well and scoring goals – which we have struggled to do a little bit. I would like to see Di Maria play wide,” Scholes continued. “Whether van Gaal is going to play with wide players, I’m not too sure, but we saw the other night that he was devastating for Argentina against Germany in wide areas. Whether it is the right or left-hand side, his pace is frightening. He can go past players and score goals. That is something we have been missing. I am sure he can play in the central areas as well, but if I was picking him then it would be in the wide areas. Falcao’s goalscoring record is brilliant from when he has been at Porto and Atletico Madrid. The goals he has scored have been important, then there is the movement he brings and his experience as well at 28 years of age. You just hope his knee is right, I think that will be the main problem. But once he gets going and Di Maria can start creating chances for him then I’m sure we will start scoring goals.”