Scholes on the moment that changed United’s season

Paul Scholes

The Manchester United and England legend has been impressed with his old club in recent weeks.

Former Old Trafford favourite Paul Scholes has revealed what he thinks was the turning point in Manchester United's season, in an interview this week with the London Standard.

The retired midfielder surprisingly pinpointed record signing Angel Di Maria's red card against Arsenal as the moment things took a turn for the better, or at least, the changes United boss Louis van Gaal would make as a result of it.

"When I look back on the key changes, I still feel that Angel Di Maria’s red card against Arsenal was critical in allowing Van Gaal to build this new-look team," said the United icon. "When I look at the side it seems to me to be a triumph of the underdog - Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young. All of whom looked like they could be out the picture at the start of the season and are now having a big impact.

"The formation is bold. It is much more attacking and more what I expected of Van Gaal when he arrived. There is a spine of four players - Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Fellaini and Wayne Rooney - that runs through the middle. Then Young and Mata wide."

The dismissal came as United exited the FA Cup and looked like being a costly one, with it bringing the suspension of the club's most expensive player for United's game against Spurs, the first in a tricky set of fixtures.

As it turned out, Van Gaal was freed from the responsibility of trying to include the Argentine in his lineup, leading to a much more balanced eleven and raised performances by every midfielder.

Van Gaal plumped with a midfield for the Spurs match of Michael Carrick, Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young and Juan Mata. Such was their success in that 3-0 win that the Dutchman continued with this winning lineup for the next three games, leading to more victories including in key matches against Liverpool and Manchester City.

That midfield was only disrupted with Michael Carrick's injury against Chelsea, and such is United's new found confidence, even in that game they passed the ball around with a impressive confidence that saw them unlucky to slip to defeat.

The way things are going, and the positivity that surrounds Old Trafford at the moment, a 1-0 loss away to the champions elect was a huge disappointment. Not because of United's performance, but because of the belief that they can beat anyone in their current form.

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