Manchester United’s most important player in the second half of the season has been Paul Scholes.

Rio Ferdinand has sung the praises of Scholes’ impact since coming out of retirement.

“There are a number of reasons why we’ve done well since the turn of the year,” he told United Review. “There’s no doubt one of them is Paul Scholes. Would we have been in the same position [without him]? It’s impossible to say. It’s great to have him back, though. It’s not just the quality of his football that impresses me but the way he’s adapted physically. He was out of the game for months and yet he’s come straight back into top-level football and he’s hardly looked out of place. At this stage of his career, that’s phenomenal.”