Paul Scholes was stretchered off with 15 minutes played in United’s Champions League group stage match against Aalborg. Although not looking in great deal of pain, carrying an embarrassed look as he sat upright when carried off the pitch, our fans of course feared the worst.
With Owen Hargreaves and Michael Carrick both carrying injuries, the ‘midfield problem’ we talked about in the pre-season is easily solved at the moment. As we travel to Blackburn this weekend, it is likely Anderson and Darren Fletcher will play in the centre of our midfield.
Some reports suggest that Scholes will be out for up to two months after suffering knee ligament damage, however the boss is more hopeful.
“Paul Scholes could be out for a few weeks and we had one or two other injuries, so there is a cost to the win,” he said after the match.
Of course, his lay off time will be confirmed once we get him back to Carrington and proper tests can be carried out.
On the up side, Ryan Giggs filled in well, playing through a great ‘Scholes-like’ ball for Wayne Rooney to latch on to, scoring our opening goal.
The impressive Rafael Da Silva and goalscorer Wayne Rooney were also subbed off through injury, although it doesn’t appear to be anything serious. Rafael’s twin, Fabio, has been ruled out for a couple of months following an operation on his shoulder, but hopefully Rafael won’t see such a lengthy time on the sidelines.
Fergie spoke of Rooney’s injury, suggesting it was more a precautionary action, rather than a serious need.
“He just felt it weaken as went for a ball, so we thought we’d take him off,” added Ferguson.