Paul 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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