Paul Scholes: 'Manchester United not far away'

Retired Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes, 39, attends a press conference during a promotional trip in Singapore on March 22, 2014
© Getty Images
Paul Scholes says that Manchester United are "only a couple of players away" from once again being a force in English and European football.

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has claimed that the Red Devils are "only a couple of players away" from once again being a force in English and European football.

The 20-time English champions have struggled since Sir Alex Ferguson departed the club in 2013, but there have been signs of progression under Jose Mourinho this season.

Scholes feels that his former team are close to challenging for the top prizes once again, and has called on the board to make a big-money move for either Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann or Manchester City's Sergio Aguero at the end of the season.

"They're only a couple of players away. I would bring in a controlling midfield player. A centre-forward to help Ibrahimovic. Griezmann - or Aguero wouldn't be bad!" Scholes told the Daily Mail.

"We'll have to see defensively when they play Tottenham, City, Chelsea and Arsenal. That will determine whether he needs a centre-half. Right-back, left-back not a problem. Goalkeeper not a problem, unless Real Madrid want him (David de Gea)."

Man United are still sixth in the Premier League table despite being unbeaten in the league since October, but are now just two points behind fourth-placed Arsenal.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney in action during his side's FA Cup third round clash with Reading at Old Trafford on January 7, 2017
Read Next:
Scholes: 'Rooney could leave in summer'
>



Premier League
Championship
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Premiership
Scottish Championship
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
La Liga
Bundesliga
Serie A
Ligue 1
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
A-League
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea26203355193663
2Manchester CityMan City25164551292252
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs25148346182850
4Arsenal25155554282650
5Liverpool25147454302449
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd25139338211748
7Everton26128642271544
8West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom2611783632440
9West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113544-933
10Stoke CityStoke258893036-632
11Burnley2694132837-931
12Watford2687113043-1331
13Southampton2586112831-330
14Bournemouth2675143651-1526
15Swansea CitySwansea2673163257-2524
16Middlesbrough26410121928-922
17Crystal Palace2664163346-1322
18Leicester CityLeicester2556142443-1921
19Hull City2656152350-2721
20Sunderland2654172448-2419