Angel Di Maria should be used in this position, says Scholes

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Paul Scholes believes that Angel Di Maria should be utilised as a winger at Manchester United.

Paul Scholes believes that Manchester United newboy Angel Di Maria may be best utilised in an wide-midfielder position.

Such is the versatility of Di Maria, identifying the berth that he will occupy in the United side is a difficult task, but Scholes feels that he is best suited to playing on the wing. 

So far this season Louis Van Gaal's side have been deployed in a 3-4-1-2 formation, which doesn't make room for conventional wingers, but Scholes clearly thinks that a change of tactics may be required to get the best of the Argentine man. 

“I would like to see Di Maria play wide,” Scholes said to United's official site. “Whether van Gaal is going to play with wide players, I'm not too sure, but we saw the other night that he was devastating for Argentina against Germany in wide areas. Whether it is the right or left-hand side, his pace is frightening."

“He can go past players and score goals. That is something we have been missing. I am sure he can play in the central areas as well, but if I was picking him then it would be in the wide areas."

Di Maria's performance in midweek was indeed eye-catching, as he created three goals and scored one for his nation, in a performance that Red Devils fans watched on in excitement. 

If he can recreate that form at Old Trafford there can be no question that United have one of the most talented players in the Premier League, but there is often a transitional stage with players in English football.

That is something which United really cannot afford from their £60 million man, though. Di Maria arrived from Real Madrid as the club desperately tried to add quality to a squad which has struggled to live up to expectations so far this season.

The Red Devils are still hunting for their first win of the campaign and is has set alarm bells ringing all around the team that a repeat of last season, where they finished down in seventh place, could be on the cards. 

As a result, a huge summer of investment was plotted with Di Maria part of a £150 million recruitment drive and there is a hope that these new additions will provide impetus to the squad, as they look to surge up the table.

The first chance that the new look United squad will have to impress will be when they take on QPR this weekend and anything other than a win can only be considered a failure. 

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