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Scholes: Kroos is top class

Toni Kroos in action for Germany during the World Cup. Credit: PA

Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes believes old club should have tried harder to sign Bayern Munich's Toni Kroos.

The Germany international was a reported target for the Red Devils earlier in the summer but speculation is now linking the 24-year-old with Real Madrid.

Last month Kroos said: "There was a lot of speculation, but Manchester is and was not an issue."

Scholes believes United's midfield needs someone of the Bayern Munich player's quality as he does not believe new signing Ander Herrera or last year's £27.5million acquisition Marouane Fellaini are at the same level, while United's only other arrival this summer Luke Shaw is a left-back.

Paul Scholes in action for Manchester United. Credit: PA

"I love watching Toni Kroos. I think he's brilliant," Schoes wrote in his blog for bookmaker Paddy Power.

"I love the way he controls the ball and controls games. He can really play a pass and has superb vision.

"Kroos is capable of scoring goals too, from outside the box on either foot.

"I just wish Man United had signed him.

"Yes, it is good to see United bringing in new players, but they haven't signed anything like the quality of Kroos."

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Manchester United sign Luke Shaw

Luke Shaw on his way to Old Trafford from Southampton.

Luke Shaw has completed his move to Manchester United in a deal understood to be worth in excess of £27million to Southampton.

The 18-year-old left-back established himself as one of the hottest prospects in world football during his time at St Mary's, leading to admiring glances from many major clubs.

However, it is United that have won the race for Shaw's signature after he successfully passed a medical at the club's Carrington training ground on Thursday evening.

Press Association Sport understands the deal, worth £27million plus add-ons, is now complete - echoed by the player's Twitter account as, despite no official confirmation from either club, his biography now reads "Professional footballer at Manchester united Football Club."

Luke Shaw due a medical before move to Old Trafford

Luke Shaw in action at the World Cup Credit: PA

Southampton's Luke Shaw is reported to be having a medical ahead of a propsed move to Manchester United. Having completed the signing of Ander Herrera earlier today, it now seems as if the highly-rated 18-year-old defender will be following the Spaniard into Old Trafford.

Move is "dream come true" says Herrera

“Signing for Manchester United is a dream come true. I have played at Old Trafford for Athletic Club in the UEFA Europa League and it was one of the highlights of my career so far. I have joined United to do all I can to help the team reach the Club's objectives.

"Having arrived on Tuesday I’m excited to now be living in Manchester and I can’t wait for my first game in United’s famous red shirt.

"I will never forget my time with Athletic Club and I’d like to thank the fans and staff for all their support and above all wish all my fantastic former teammates all the best for the future.” - Ander Herrera.

Man Utd statement on Herrera signing

Manchester United is delighted to announce that, after triggering the buyout clause in his contract on Tuesday, it has signed Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera from Athletic Club in Bilbao, pending the receipt of the International Transfer Certificate.

He joins on a four year contract, with an option to extend for a further year. Ander, 24, from Bilbao, joined Athletic Club from Real Zaragoza in 2011 and has since made 128 appearances, scoring 11 goals. He has been capped by Spain at U20, U21 and U23 level.

Manchester United Assistant Manager Ryan Giggs said: “Ander is a fantastic young player, with great energy and creativity. We believe him to be one of the brightest young prospects in Spain and I am certain he will be a big hit with the United fans."


Herrera tours Man U training ground ahead of move

Athletic Bilbao midfielder Ander Herrera has been given a tour of Manchester United's Carrington training ground ahead of his move to Old Trafford.

Read more: Manchester United 'close' to signing Athletic Bilbao's Ander Herrera

Almost a United player - Ander Herrera Credit: PA Pictures

The 24-year-old midfielder also had his photographs taken for the club website ahead of the official announcement of his £28.7 million transfer.

The Spaniard stepped off a train at Stockport just after 1.30pm to be met by United security staff before being whisked away with his representatives and friends to Manchester, according to the Daily Mail Online.

Manchester United defender Buttner to leave Old Trafford for Moscow

Moscow-bound Alex Buttner Credit: PA Pictures

Manchester United defender Alex Buttner has agreed a contract with Dynamo Moscow, the Russian side have announced.

Dynamo on Tuesday posted a statement on their official website which said Buttner's contract was "agreed upon" and that only "technical details" were being settled, and which was accompanied by pictures of the left-back in their training kit.

The 25-year-old Dutchman said: "I want to play in the Champions League, win trophies.

"Dynamo are a very strong team and I am confident that we will fight for first place this season."

Buttner has made a total of only 28 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals, since joining United from Vitesse Arnhem in the summer of 2012.

His fellow left-back Patrice Evra in May signed a new contract with the Red Devils, who have been linked with another player in that position, Southampton's England international Luke Shaw.

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