Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Paul Scholes today, claiming he is within the best players ever to represent the club and had a better touch of the ball than anyone else on Sunday.

“Funnily enough we have never had one enquiry for Paul Scholes,” he said. “You know why? Because they all know he will never leave. Maybe he has had private situations where people have begged him to join them because that is how it happens with agents phoning up and all that nonsense. But they all know he wouldn’t leave here. At United, you can go back to the Best, Law and Charlton era, before that you have Duncan Edwards. You are talking a wide panorama of players. But in my time he would be in the top six or seven without a doubt. His contribution and quality have been great, even without the fantastic goals he has scored. When he came on against Everton on Sunday, his first touch was better than anyone else’s had been in the whole previous hour. He has that wonderful velvet touch on the ball. When he gets it, it goes stone dead. It is wonderful to see that amidst all the mayhem that can happen in a football match.”