Paul Scholes wants Man United to sign these three European stars to get back on top
Paul Scholes has urged his old club Manchester United to aim high in the transfer market this summer and sign Paul Pogba, Raphael Varane and Luka Modric.
United are set for a major overhaul at the end of the season, following a campaign which has fallen woefully short of expectations. Louis van Gaal is at risk of being replaced as manager, with Jose Mourinho keen to succeed him, while a raft of players are fighting for their futures.
United's powerbrokers have already indicated they are prepared to spend yet more large sums on acquiring the world's best players - despite their £105million outlay last summer failing to reap rewards.
And Scholes - one of United's most ardent critics this season - believes that only by targeting the likes of Pogba, Varane and Modric can the club regain some of its former lustre.
He told the United We Stand fanzine: "I’d like Luka Modric. How old is he now? Might be a bit too old, but he’s a great player.
"I like Raphael Varane. I said realistic and I’m picking Real Madrid players?
"We probably need a centre forward but there’s not too many of them about so I’m going to say I’d like us to bring Paul Pogba back."
Pogba has also been linked with a move to Manchester City after growing dissatisfied with life at Juventus.
Scholes' latest comments are unlikely to be well received by Van Gaal, who has fought a running battle with United's former midfielder over his public criticisms.
His most recent outburst came after the 2-0 Europa League defeat to Liverpool, when he branded the team a "shambles".
Speaking on BT Sport, he said: “United were a shambles. When you are at Man Utd there are certain standards to live up to and I think they are falling well short.
"When we were coming through there were great examples in Robson, Keane, Ince and Bruce setting standards, and we had to live up to those standards.
"When we played we were setting standards for these players, the manager set standards for David Moyes and Louis van Gaal and every single one of them has fallen short.
"The last thing I want to see is United being happy with finishing fourth and winning the FA Cup. Arsenal do that."