Paul Scholes describes how Steve McClaren can help Erik ten Hag’s transfer overhaul at Manchester United

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has suggested Steve McClaren could play a part in helping Erik ten Hag achieve his transfer goals this summer.

The former England national coach has been recruited as an assistant to the Dutchman alongside former Ajax No.2 Mitchell van der Gaag. McClaren was Sir Alex Ferguson’s assistant between 1999 and 2001, helping the club win the Treble in his first year.

In 2010, ten Hag was his assistant when he led FC Twente to their only Dutch title. He will now reverse the roles as he takes his place in the Old Trafford dugout more than two decades later.

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However, Scholes suggested McClaren might be better suited to chasing United transfer goals than coaching on the training ground. He pointed to his stint with Derby County between November 2020 and September 2021, when he was the club’s technical director.

Speaking to Premier League Productions, he said: “This manager needs support now, he’s been brought in at the club to really turn it around. The only problem is, who’s going to help him on that side of the business? I know at Ajax he had Edwin (van der Sar) and Marc Overmars.

“He’s always had someone to help him. I don’t see that role at United now. I don’t know who will do that.”

“There is no link between him and Richard Arnold, or whoever runs the club, and I think he will need help.”
He continued: “Maybe Steve McClaren could do that. Steve, as I know, was a fantastic coach, one of the best coaches I’ve ever had.

“But I don’t think he’s been coached for a while, he’s more in the director of football role I think at Derby County. Whether he takes that role too to help him attract players, I think we should do that.” just wait and see.”

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