Paul Scholes thinks the signing of Nemanja Matic from Chelsea brings some much-needed “aggression” to Manchester United’s midfield.
The Serbian joined from Chelsea in a deal worth £40million and Matic signed a three-year contract that will keep him at Old Trafford until 2020.
And Scholes reckons the 28-year-old hopes that he will allow other players to flourish by giving the likes of Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan extra freedom.
“I really like the Matic signing,” Scholes told BT Sport.
“That was one that surprised me, it makes you wonder ‘why did Chelsea sell him?’.
“He brings aggression to United’s midfield, which is something they’ve been lacking.
“He’s very similar to Carrick as a midfielder, but what he brings that Michael doesn’t is a little bit of aggression.
“He gets the ball, he tackles, he allows others to play – you saw that with Chelsea.
“Him and [N’Golo] Kante were magnificent together and that allowed [Eden] Hazard and [Cesc] Fabregas that bit of freedom.
“And I’m hoping he’ll do that with United – freedom for [Paul] Pogba, [Anthony] Martial, [Jesse] Lingard and [Henrikh] Mkhitaryan – these players really need to step up this year I think.”