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“You always like to see new players come in even if they’re in your position because it’s healthy for the team and exciting to play with the new players."

- Paul Scholes

05/09/2012 08:33, Report by Gemma Thompson
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Scholes' high hopes

Paul Scholes has been part of a host of trophy-winning squads during his 18 years in the first team and the midfielder says he has high hopes for the current group when it comes to challenging for silverware.

The arrival of Robin van Persie, Shinji Kagawa, Nick Powell and Alexander Büttner this summer - with Chilean striker Angelo Henriquez also soon to be confirmed as a Red – has further boosted an already talented squad.

Sir Alex Ferguson has spoken many times of the need to be ready for when the golden oldies of Scholes and Ryan Giggs finally hang up their boots and Scholes himself insists the summer acquisitions have added great quality to what he believes is a burgeoning group.

“You always like to see new players come in even if they’re in your position because it’s healthy for the team and exciting to play with the new players,” he told ManUtd.com.

“We’ve got strength everywhere in the squad. We’ve struggled with injuries to defenders, but when we have everyone fit I think there are two teams that the manager has available to him and that could compete in the Premier League and cup competitions. It all looks very healthy and, as players, we know when we get given our chance we have to take it. If you don’t, you’ll be out of the team, simple as that.

“All the new signings have settled in well. Shinji [Kagawa] has been with us since the start of pre-season so he’s had a good amount of time to settle in. He’s a top class player who did great in Germany and we’re lucky to have him.

“Nick Powell has done really well. He hasn’t had much first team action yet but he’s only a young lad and there’s plenty of time for him. He has great quality.

“Robin [van Persie] is a top signing and we all hope to form a good understanding with him as the season goes on and Alex [Buttner] played his first game for the Under 21s last week and did really well.

"There’s great competition for places with so many good players here and there are plenty of games to come [for everyone

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