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Scholes A Consideration For Cup

Paul ScholesPaul Scholes is one of the most important players in the United team, whose work rate is rarely backed up with the goalscoring and assist statistics, but who gets on with his job in a manner typical of his personality. He shies away from praise and celebrity, instead focussing on perfecting his game.

Whilst people rant about Rooney and Ronaldo, talking of the massive impact they make on our team, Scholes often manages to unfairly miss out on the same accolades.

When Scholes was ruled out for several months back in October, I thought we were in big trouble. We don’t have anyone who passes a ball like him and I didn’t believe we had anyone who could come close to bossing the midfield in the way he does. However, fortunately for United, we have Anderson this season, who has been a marvellous replacement for Scholes. I’m not saying he’s on Scholes’ level, but he’s the closest thing we’ve had to it.

That doesn’t mean I’m not overjoyed to find out that Paul Scholes is on the mend though and is due back in the first team in the next few weeks. Whilst unlikely, Ferguson has said that Scholes might have a spot on the bench for this weekend’s FA Cup game against Spurs. “He’s been training fantastic the last four weeks on the physical side. That is all perfectly okay,” Fergie said. “I don’t think he’ll be involved on Sunday, but he is a consideration because he’s such a great player. He could be on the bench but it depends on how he comes through today. Other then that I’m sure he’ll be involved in Wednesday’s game against Portsmouth.”

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Scott is the editor of Red Matters - 50 Years of Supporting Manchester United and an author of Play Like Fergie's Boys and Not Nineteen Forever. He writes for ESPN, The Metro and Bleacher Report. Follow @R_o_M on Twitter.

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  1. jsos says:

    THE GINGER PRINCE IS ON HIS WAY! This is brilliant news for us!

  2. Taehr says:

    While other clubs(chelsea)continue to announce their injury problems to the whole world,people forget that one of our best players is out.But thats because we have excellent replacements like anderson.I really dont want anderson to be dropped,it wouldnt be fair to him.

  3. steamdigit says:

    this is england’s zidane! there is no one else in england like our scholesy. sure the boys are doing well even when he hasnt been around, but with scholes around, can you imagine the futility of defending against our strike force?
    i would say that it is near impossible – we do not rely on any single formation any more, we do not rely on any single player anymore, and we are still as persistent as ever! kudos to SAF & Q – they have assembled an excellent midfield & strike – fluid, unpredictable, creative and fast, without losing our steel and persistent, never-say-die, keep at it till you drop attitude!
    with scholes back, teams playing against us will need to get used to another style of play – after they have tried the whole season to contain the others – what a headache!
    im glad you retired from international footie scholes! you belong to us only :)

  4. Tom F says:

    If I was picking the team, Scholes would be the first player on the teamsheet. I am a big fan of Anderson, I can only see him improving over the next 6 months. He needs to start making more runs in the box and do what Roy Keane used to do so well for us since his early days. We are rock solid at the moment, Hargreaves, Scholes, Anderson, Carrick (Who still hasn’t hit anywhere near his best recently). That’s not even mentioning our utility men, this is what we didn’t have last season and what I think cost us a better outcome in both Cup competitions.


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