Ian Wright wanted Nemanja Matic at Arsenal

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United fans have had to hope in the past that foreign imports, even players of Angel Di Maria's calibre, can adjust to the vicissitudes to life in the Premier League.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright has urged the Gunners to make a move for defender Virgil van Dijk. He is a proven menace at the summit of this country's top division and that, in a season that will demand a better league campaign from United, cannot be valued highly enough.

And Carrick, speaking at a press conference in Skopje ahead of Man United's Super Cup clash with Real Madrid, insisted that the Serb would be a valuable addition.

"It would be silly to dismiss Chelsea after the way they played so dominantly last year but looking at the teams, I think City and United will be up there and the teams to watch". "He's in London, settled, and can you get him to come to Arsenal because that is what Arsenal need", he told BBC Radio 5 Live.

"I'm not sure how good Bakayako is going to be for Chelsea, but he's going to have to be some player to get to the level of Matic". Supporters witnessed first hand the midfielder steamrolling sides - Mourinho's included - on route to further Premier League glory just last term.

"It makes you wonder 'why did Chelsea sell him?'" These players need to step up this year.

"They've got so many people in those positions who are capable of coming into that team and are probably a bit quicker than those two as well and will add pace and goal threat to the team".

Having shared the centre of the Old Trafford pitch with the likes of Roy Keane and Michael Carrick, Scholes is largely viewed as the perfect blueprint for what young midfielders should aspire to emulate. Deals for Thomas Lemar and Jean Michel-Seri have been mooted but are far from completion, with the latter's future dependent on how Nice fare in their Champions League play-off round against Napoli.