Paul Scholes: Louis van Gaal’s big mistake at Manchester United

Paul Scholes says Louis van Gaal was wrong to let Robin van Persie leave Manchester United this summer

Paul Scholes believes that Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal has made a mistake by opting to sell Robin van Persie this summer.

The Netherlands striker was deemed surplus to requirements at Old Trafford by Van Gaal and was sold to Turkish outfit Fenerbahce, while fellow forward Javier Hernandez was allowed to join Bayer Leverkusen and Adnan Januzaj was loaned out to Borussia Dortmund.

Van Gaal responded to the exits of the three attackers by signing 19-year-old striker Anthony Martial from Monaco on transfer deadline day.

However, former United midfielder Scholes feels that it was a mistake to let Van Persie leave the club without bringing in adequate cover up front.

“They’ve let three or four strikers go,” Scholes said on BT Sport after United’s 2-1 loss to PSV Eindhoven on Tuesday night.

“Now, I think if we had kept one of them, kept a Van Persie or Hernandez then it looks quite strong.

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“They can score goals, Van Persie and Hernandez can score goals. Martial could be a real threat coming off the bench. I just think that’s a mistake.”

United were without Wayne Rooney for their Champions League group stage opener after the England captain was ruled out due to a minor injury suffered in training last week.

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