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Paul Scholes Rejoins Manchester United; Red Devils Are Getting Desperate

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Paul Scholes has come out of retirement to rejoin Manchester United until the end of the season, and will be on the bench today for the FA Cup third round match against Manchester City.

No, it’s not an April fools joke. The 37-year-old Paul Scholes will be rejoining the 38-year old Ryan Giggs and his fellow teammates to help strengthen Manchester United’s crumbling midfield which has been lacking the strength and composure since Scholes retired in May 2011. Since last spring, Scholes has been working at Old Trafford in a coaching role, but his return to the playing staff is quite a shock.

Manchester United’s midfield has been hampered by the injuries to Tom Cleverley, Darren Fletcher and Ashley Young. Meanwhile Giggs can’t be expected to play every game, so the return of Scholes will add some steel and discipline to the midfield when necessary.

The move by Sir Alex Ferguson still seems very desperate. It’s a mark of respect for Scholes to agree to come out of retirement to help the Red Devils, but Ferguson needs a more permanent solution to help out his squad in midfield. The move by Ferguson sends a message that the United team doesn’t have the depth, experience and money to bring in a necessary midfielder, so the best it can do is beg a 37-year-old world-class veteran to return to the team.

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15 Responses to Paul Scholes Rejoins Manchester United; Red Devils Are Getting Desperate

  1. brn442 says:

    Ease up Gaffer – I think Ferguson will be the first to admit that it’s a stop gap move and why not.

    True desperation would have had him splash out cash in January on an over-priced aging player (Lampard?)

    He knows what he will get with Scholesy, same reason Arsene (I don’t sign anyone over 30) Wenger brought back Henry – both players have lost a step but with their long lay-off, they should be somewhat refreshed. I look forward to seeing them both.

  2. Lee says:

    He’s doing well. They’re going to try and blame that second goal on his mistake, but it’s really the teams. They were all playing lazily at 3-1 you can’t do that against this City side. Giving all sorts of passes away in the City third, then panic ensues and they have to hastily track back.

    • brn442 says:

      I don’t understand why Ferige brought him on in the 60th minute – he hasn’t kicked a competitive ball in over 6 months and it showed.

      • Lee says:

        This is true, but being where they were when he came on, it shouldn’t have been a problem. A figure like him being on the pitch will give them confidence. In honesty he gave it away a few times, but he still made quite a few good ones and a typical thumping strike on goal.

  3. Arsenio says:

    Players, watch out for your legs and ankles, the Ginger Ninja is back.

  4. Pauls Blog says:

    I think Utd need to bolster their squad with all the injuries so why not Scholes they know what they ate getting from him… There’s no risk in this signing and therefore can only benefit the team.

  5. Joe956 says:

    United should have talked Van der Sar out of retirement, not Scholes. Their two jokes at goalkeeping is ridiculous. I detest Man City but they were the better team today and showed more fight and class than United. With ten men last time, United fell apart and lost 6-1; today, City went to ten and fought back to a 3-2 decision. United will end up in third place or fourth this year.

  6. Smokey Bacon says:

    Doesn’t bode well for Anderson when Scholes comes on ahead of him. How long before Ferguson realizes his best midfield option is actually Rooney backed up by Carrick. That said, Valencia was the difference today – fantastic delivery and always a threat.

  7. SoccerLimey says:

    In some small way, I can understand Ferguson’s move to use Scholes this season if the player came to him and said he wanted to play. Why wouldn’t you make that move that is for free and obviously he thought Scholes was fit enough.

    However, having said that, I was scratching my head trying to figure out why on earth Ferguson would bring Scholes on when he did today. He had Ji-Sung Park on the bench who is a master at doing the job that Ferguson wanted done out there without the negatives.

    Just another moment in a bizarre game.

    http://www.soccerlimeyinamerica.com/?p=3503

  8. Nick says:

    How does Fergie’s move smack of desperation, yet people are praising Wenger bringing Henry back to Arsenal?

    Both are far past their prime stop-gap moves.

  9. tfc says:

    anderson is one terrible player

  10. Jacob says:

    I think it’s a good move. Scholes is a ginger and we all know gingers have an incredible life span. Honestly I think Fergie knows what he is doing. Hasn’t he proved that?

  11. BA14 says:

    I think this is a lack of transfer money and the fact the Fergie doesn’t rate anyone highly right now. Even if he has money to spend anyone he wants is going to be overpriced and that player will need time to gel with the rest of the squad.

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