The man who could stop van Gaal axing Cleverley this summer

Scholes V Fulham

Paul Scholes could help Tom Cleverley revitalise his career at Manchester United.

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes hasn’t been granted the same courtesy as Ryan Giggs by the club’s new manager Louis van Gaal.

Scholes is one of several coaches currently on the books at United in the dark over whether he’ll be kept on next season but if he does stay, he has the ability to help one first team star save his Old Trafford career.

Tom Cleverley was one of the most criticised players under David Moyes last season.

There’s no doubt he’s a good player and talented in terms of the way he controls and protects possession, but fans were left asking on a regular basis; exactly what does he provide to the attack of our team?

With van Gaal circling around some of the best central midfielders in Europe (Toni Kroos and Cesc Fabregas to name just two), Cleverley will be starting to break out into a sweat over what the future holds for him.

Giggs brought Scholes back to the club after he retired at the end of the 2012/2013 season and van Gaal could do a lot worse than keeping him on, to help transform the nature of Cleverley’s game.

Scholes was one of the best in the business in terms of providing cutting edge passes, assists and goals from a variety of midfield positions all the way through to the end of his career.

  ClubPosGoal AssistGoalsAppsMins
Nani Manchester United MF 10 8 29 2,111
Ashley Young Manchester United MF 7 6 25 1,572
Paul Scholes Manchester United MF 0 4 17 1,169
  ClubPosGoal AssistGoalsAppsMins
Antonio Valencia Manchester United MF 5 1 30 2,210
Michael Carrick Manchester United MF 4 1 36 3,045
Nani Manchester United MF 2 1 11 629
Anderson Manchester United MF 1 1 17 824
Paul Scholes Manchester United MF 1 1 16 769
Darren Fletcher Manchester United MF 0 1 3 181
Nick Powell Manchester United MF 0 1 2 29

Nani and Ashley Young were the only players to score more goals during the 2011/2012 season while he was one of several players who finished the 2012/2013 season with a single goal.

Some United fans will suggest that big changes are exactly what van Gaal needs to make and if that means axing established members of the first team then so be it.

However, letting a lot of players leave this summer creates pressure on the new boss to replace those stars with either transfers coming in from the outside or promotion through the academy.

Keeping Scholes on could be one of the best decisions that van Gaal makes.

Not only can he help transform Cleverley’s game and turn him into a better attacking player, he can convince the England international mentally that he deserves to be holding a first team place in and around some potential big name signings.

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