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Saturday 1 October 2016

Scholes: Herrera the pick of United signings

Ander Herrera
Ander Herrera

Ander Herrera has been the best of Manchester United's summer signings, according to Paul Scholes.

Louis van Gaal spent more than £150m ahead of his first season in charge at Old Trafford.

He brought in Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Marcos Rojo, Luke Shaw, Daley Blind and Herrera.

And Scholes believes it's the Spanish midfielder, who has scored seven goals in 27 appearances this season, who has made the biggest impact.

Scholes said: "I think it was difficult for all the signings at first. The first six, seven, eight months was probably very difficult.

"I think you'd have to say now that Herrera's been the one who's impressed me most.

"He's another one that did struggle to get in the team early on, but now he's playing really well, playing really good football, looks like he's going to score goals, looks like he's going to make goals.

"He's been a great addition and he's only a young lad as well so hopefully he can get even better."

Meanwhile, Louis van Gaal reportedly tore into United pair Antonio Valencia and Daley Blind over their roles in Sunday's 3-0 defeat at Everton.

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Blind, who returned to the side after missing the Chelsea loss through injury, and Valencia were two of a number of under-performers during the drubbing at Goodison Park.

Van Gaal was so incensed by Blind and Valencia's roles he singled out the duo at United's Carrington training complex on Monday.

Blind deputised ineffectually for the indispensable Michael Carrick and pulled out of a tackle on James McCarthy as the midfielder burst into the United area to score the opening goal.

And Valencia failed to track John Stones as he met Leighton Baines' corner to make it 2-0, before he allowed Kevin Mirallas to latch onto a loose ball and net Everton's third.

Juan Mata, meanwhile, singled out United's "brilliant" travelling supporters after their lacklustre defeat at Everton.

He wrote on his blog: "We need to return all the support we get from our fans (in Goodison Park they were brilliant, once again) and we hope to do it this coming Saturday in Old Trafford against West Brom.

"We all want to be in the Champions League next season and, in order to get there, we must go back to the right path with good performances and good results. We can't afford another game like this one."

The uninspiring Mata was substituted for Angel di Maria in the second-half.

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