Scholes hails Ten Hag for getting Man Utd to play ‘the way he wants’ as Red Devils are warned off Rice

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Man Utd legend Paul Scholes smiles as he waves to fans

Paul Scholes has been impressed by Erik ten Hag’s immediate impact at Man Utd this season with his side now playing “the way the manager wants”.

The Red Devils qualified for next season’s Champions League via a top-four finish in the Premier League, won the Carabao Cup and were runners-up to Man City in the FA Cup final.

Two defeats in Ten Hag’s first two matches in charge against Brighton and Brentford saw early doubts creep in but the former Ajax manager has now put his stamp on Man Utd.

Former Man Utd midfielder Scholes believes the club is “seeing the benefits” of the professionalism that Ten Hag has brought to the club this term.

Scholes told the official Man Utd website: “He’s just no nonsense. In the past, the players at this club have probably played the way they want to rather than the way the manager wants to. I think he’s totally turned that around.

“The players do what their manager wants, they stick to what he wants off the pitch, on the pitch, and I think everyone’s seeing the benefits from that.”

Scholes added: “I think for two or three years at least, this team’s been accused of lacking leaders. I think there’s a few leaders in the team.

“When you think of the experience of Casemiro, Martinez is a great character and got personality and his experience. And I think that’s all changed around a little bit.

“They’ve got a belief in them as well. They don’t dominate games as much as they [would] probably like to, but they’ve found a way to win and that’s the most important thing.”

The Red Devils have been linked with numerous players ahead of the summer transfer window and former Man Utd and Arsenal defender Mikael Silvestre has told Ten Hag to swerve a move for West Ham midfielder Declan Rice.

Silvestre told “When you have Casemiro, I don’t think you need Declan Rice because it’s not the way Erik wants to play, with two sitting defensive midfielders. I don’t think that’s the best option. It’s not what United needs.”

Alejandro Garnacho has had a brilliant breakthrough season for the Red Devils and Silvestre is backing him to keep developing next campaign.

Silvestre continued: “Garnacho’s gametime will continue increasing if he continues to grow. He is one of the youngsters who have had a great impact this season.

“He will get more minutes next season. He is showing when he is coming on that he can score goals and make assists. He is continuing to improve and we can expect him to improve even more, maybe with more starting opportunities.”

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