Friday, 23rd May, 2014

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has piled pressure on the club's executive vice-president Ed Woodward, insisting he must not repeat the transfer shambles of last summer this year.

The Red Devils were in the market for a number of players last summer, but failed with very public moves for Barcelona pair Cesc Fabregas and Thiago Alcantara, the latter joining Bayern Munich.

There were also failed moves for Real Madrid's Sami Khedira, Roma's Daniele De Rossi and Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera, while a swoop for Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay was abandoned.

Manager David Moyes ultimately lost his job as Manchester United could not meet expectations with a seventh place finish. But Woodward kept his post and Scholes believes the transfer-dealing vice-president must not let new boss Louis van Gaal down.


"Edward Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he’s good enough at his job", Scholes wrote on his Paddy Power blog.

"He has to bring the players in that the new manager wants.

"It’s obvious that last year he didn’t manage to do that. If he doesn’t, we are not going to get anywhere near the top."

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