Paul Scholes reveals only one Manchester United player deserves credit: Who?

David de Gea for Spain U21

Manchester United legend praises David de Gea, but nobody else.

Paul Scholes made quite a stir with various comments in his blog for PaddyPower yesterday, even backing United to sign Toni Kroos.

He criticised chief executive Ed Woodward, and then suggested Wayne Rooney may have passed his peak two years ago.

One nugget lost amid the wide reporting of those three opinions, was his view that David de Gea is the only Manchester United player to come out of the 2013/14 season with any credit.

Scholes said: "No player at Manchester United can take much credit after last season’s performances, bar David de Gea. It was a disaster. The keeper being player of the year says a lot."

Scholes is 90 per cent right. United's season was a disaster, failing to qualify for any type of European football, and their lowest points total in the Premier League era.

And goalkeeper David de Gea was outstanding, fully deserving of the club's player of the year award.

But the only player to come out with credit? We'd say there were others who boosted their reputation too, albeit a very short list.

Adnan Januzaj has blossomed into a star, set for the World Cup with Belgium, while Juan Mata ended the season in superb form, indicating he was really finding his feet at the club.

Youngster James Wilson emerged, while even interim manager Ryan Giggs proved himself still a stellar performer in limited starts.

But we take Scholes' point fully, it was a dire season for the club and too many players took big steps back.

If they are afforded more opportunities, new manager Louis van Gaal will not permit them to get away with another year of regression.

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