Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has claimed that the club needs to bring in Bayern Munich midfielder Toni Kroos in order to kickstart a new era at the club. United have been heavily linked with the 24-year-old for the last few months. He was thought to be a major transfer target for David Moyes, who has left his position after 10 months in charge of the club. United announced that Dutch national team coach Louis van Gaal will be his replacement. This appointment has made it almost certain that United would go to great lengths in order to sign Kroos.
Kroos made his foray into the first-team during the regime of van Gaal. Scholes, who recently came on as an assistant for Ryan Giggs in the final four matches of the season, is widely expected to leave the club permanently after the announcement of the Dutchman becoming the next manager. Before leaving, the 39-year-old has stated that United should not only try to bring in a player like Kroos but also several other top players as well. He says that the club will be able to challenge for top honours once again only with the addition of six great players.
Scholes has also criticised Manchester United’s Chief executive Ed Woodward his failure to recruit transfer targets last summer.
“I’d bring in [Bayern Munich’s] Toni Kroos, but United need five or six to get near the top. Edward Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he’s good enough at his job. 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,” said Scholes. The 39-year-old has also stated that Rooney may be past his best.