"I really like the Matic signing", Scholes told BT Sport.
"If Nathaniel Chalobah or Ruben Loftus-Cheek were still there they could get rid of Matic and play a younger kid".
However, the arrival of Nemanja Matic from champions Chelsea is expected to allow the Frenchman more freedom on the pitch to exert a greater influence in the final third of the pitch.
Matic was speaking after making his competitive United debut, playing the entirety of Tuesday's 2-1 UEFA Super Cup loss to Real Madrid despite only having had 45 pre-season minutes in red under his belt. "You saw that in the UEFA Super Cup game - he'll fit very well in there", Lampard said.
"It's just odd that he's gone to a competitor".
Chelsea have brought in Tiemoue Bakayoko to replace Matic, while Alvaro Morata, Antonio Rudiger and Willy Caballero have also been signed this summer.
"He did that job for Chelsea with great tactical discipline".
"As you know, he missed a very good chance but this can happen - it's football".
"You respect that if that is the case".
The towering Serbian - who had won two Premier League titles during his time at Stamford Bridge - elected to reunite with Jose Mourinho at Manchester United in a move worth £40. Bakayoko has not and I saw him in the Champions League previous year. "It would be silly to dismiss Chelsea after the way they played so dominantly a year ago but looking at the teams, I think City and United will be up there and the teams to watch".