Football lately has been a fairy tale with clubs legends returning back to their club which made their name. Thierry Henry and Paul Scholes returned to their respective clubs and only time will tell whether that move was right for everyone or not. Whether Henry does something spectacular or not within two months (his loan period) is not the main talking point. Essential is, he is back and back scoring goals. Not only Arsenal will be lifted by his presence but he can be a great foil to the new maverick Robin Van Persie.

He definitely has lost yards of pace and at 34 one certainly doesnai??i??t expect him to play full 90 minutes, but there are few players on Earth, even today, who can transform a side coming on as a sub better than Henry. He is more than a handful cover for Gervinho and Chamakh. And judging by last nightai??i??s bravura, those two should take a leaf out of Henryai??i??s book about how to find the net.

However, the return of Paul Scholes out of retirement raised few eyebrows. At 37, his quality has remained the same like before, but his inclusion gives forth serious questions which are concerning if youai??i??re a Manchester United supported.

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Paul Scholes - Can he ever be replaced?

 

Scholes will add another dimension to the current Manchester United midfield. He wonai??i??t be able to operate as a box-to-box midfielder role but his accuracy of passing, ball retention and distribution are miles ahead than present bunch at Old Trafford. That was evident at Etihad against Manchester City. He managed a 97% passing accuracy after coming on as a sub, which was better than all the players present on the pitch. Though his mistake led to the second goal for City, but his overall performance was top-class.

His presence will be a massive boost for the whole team, especially in the dressing room. Young new players can get to learn more from him. But, more than anything else he will bring solidity in Unitedai??i??s midfield. Darren Fletcher is a long-term absentee and Tom Cleverleyai??i??s injury status is also unclear, in such a scenario Scholes can be a handy customer for the rest of the season as he is still good enough to play at the highest level.

His return will give Ferguson a breathing space and time in the January transfer window, as he can solely focus on the game now instead of spending time with constant hassle of transfer rumors. Ferguson has time and time again stated that he wonai??i??t delve into the transfer market in January as the price gets unrealistically inflated. Having witnessed a bizarre Jan-transfer last season where British records created and broken certainly he is not the man to involve into such affairs.

And knowing Fergusonai??i??s nature, he is not afraid of splashing cash when needed. But only when he thinks the player will improve his present squad. Sometimes it has backfired (like the case of Veron) but he doesnai??i??t track back from his principle. He could buy a Michael Carrick for A?18M and though the English midfielder is highly considered as under-rated but Sir Alex will not mind as he helped his side winning 4 league titles and one Champions League.

However, there are few dark sides of the moon. Scholes hasnai??i??t been playing regular football at highest level since his retirement. Henry was still continuing his football at MLS and though the league is not strong enough but at least he could keep himself in a better shape physically as a footballer.

Moreover, Scholes himself insisted last season that he was pondering his retirement long time back as his body no longer allowed him to do instinctive works which he used to do few years back. And his decision of retirement was highly justified. The scenario hasnai??i??t changed six months back. Without regular first team action and no pre-season under his belt those who think scenario will change six months later are always welcome to the foolai??i??s paradise.

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Back with # 22 !

 

Injuries to key midfielders didnai??i??t help but it also proves that the much hyped ai???Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrisonai??i?? are not good enough to play at this level. Not yet. Ferguson was left with no other options rather to bring his most dependable midfielder back from retirement.

Some concerns with finances as well. United were heavily linked with Wesley Sneijder and Samir Nasri last summer. The club couldnai??i??t meet the playersai??i?? wage demands. Yet, the maligned Glazers repeat every now and then that substantial money is on the table for taking.

And finally, it has hit the delusional fans as well. We all respect Sir Alex and we all know what he is capable of, but even the great man also makes mistakes and he might later admit that not buying a proper midfielder was an error from his part. Fans have gone to this extent saying there are not many midfielders available who are Man- United class, especially there are very few who can replace Paul Scholes.

Itai??i??s hard to replace your club legends. But then again, why Scholes is considered as the normal standard for Man- United class? He is a supremely gifted player and probably THE BEST midfielder in the Premier League era- why he should be emulated and taken as the standard for Manchester United class? Why not consider Carrick or Anderson or Gibson, or even Fletcher? If they can represent Manchester United for quite a long time and are considered as ai???United-classai??i?? then trust the author, there are many good midfielders in this world right now who are capable of playing better than them and can be found within a reasonable price.

Scholesai??i?? return gives a wrong message to everyone in terms of finance and the much hyped academy talents of the club. It was an act of desperation from Sir Alex and only demonstrates the lack of depth in the midfield. One wouldnai??i??t be surprised if one fine morning news headline reads Gary Neville has left Sky punditry to answer a SOS call from the United boss.

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8 Responses to “Paul Scholes – Manchester United Legend Answers The SOS Call”

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  1. k10 says:

    I’m not sure if you actually did any research while writing the article specially because you have chosen to overlook some very important factors.

    # The very fact which Scholes and SAF later admitted was, Scholsey came to SAF and told him that it’s very difficult for him to stay away from the game and he wants to join back in. It was a No Loss situation for SAF and he agreed with it. Point to be noted is, It’s Scholes who wanted to comeback rather than SAF asking Scholsey to make a return.

    # Scholes has said this many a times that he doesn’t like sitting outside the ground and watch 22 kids play. He often plays alongside the reserves team during practice session. Agreed it is not at the same level as a league game but still it at least does confirm that Scholes was not completely out of touch. Also, He’s been training with the first team from the past 2-3 weeks. Is it enough to tell that he is still fit to play.

    # When you say his experience will help the younger players, exactly whom are you referring here? Berbatov, Rio, Giggsy, Owen, Carrick, Evra, Vidic are all above 30. Aren’t they already enough to help the youngsters? If it’s about telling the “m/f”, then can’t he do it from outside without playing in the first team?

  2. Saikat Mandal says:

    @K10 I think you’ve missed two crucial lines

    a) “Scholes can be a handy customer for the rest of the season as he is still good enough to play at the highest level.”

    b) “Scholes hasn’t been playing regular football at highest level since his retirement.”

  3. tommy Sawyet says:

    IRISHMAN ARRESTED AND CAUTIONED AFTER HENRY STATUE INCIDENT

    (AP- LONDON) London Metropolitan Police arrested an Irishman outside the Emirates Stadium on Monday night.
    Francis Larkin, from KIlleagh, Roscommon, Ireland staged a protest at the recently-erected statue of French footballer Thierry Henry outside the stadium which is the home ground of Arsenal FC.
    Mr Larkin wrapped an irish tricolour flag around the statue and hung a sign saying “Henry – Not Forgiven, Not Forgotten”.
    The sign is believed to refer to the controversial handball incident by Henry which led to a French goal against the Republic of Ireland in November 2009.
    On Monday night, Henry made his second debut for Arsenal, scoring the winning goal in a 1-0 defeat of Leeds United.
    Mr Larkin made the news in 2009 when he protested against the Henry handball incident by soiling French bread in an Irish supermarket, for which he was charged and fined in the local district court.
    Met Spokeswoman Caroline Shrevil said that Mr Larkin was cautioned for his behaviour. “His arrest was for a breach of public order and for endangering himself, as he angered many Arsenal football fans. He is quite a character.”

  4. K10 says:

    It was an act of desperation from Sir Alex and only demonstrates the lack of depth in the midfield.

    It was the point which I counter. It was never SAF.

    • Pulaha Chaudhuri says:

      I don’t think it is correct to say that Sir Alex “never” had a role to play in Scholes’s return. It sounds as if: Any random ex-Man United player (or say any random player in the world) can come to Sir Alex and say, “Fergie, Fergie, I want to play for Manchester United. Please take me in your team.”;and kind Fergie will immediately respond with a contract.

      Sir Alex is the only boss at Manchester United and will always be. Nothing can happen at this club without his discretion. Maybe it’s true that Scholes did miss playing for Manchester United, and was inclined to make a come-back. But that does not necessarily establish that Fergie hardly had any role to play in that.

  5. Pulaha Chaudhuri says:

    Media’s gross hypocrisy absolutely baffles me. Throughout the summer, they kept saying that Sir Alex should have signed a “world-class” midfielder to “replace” Paul Scholes. Now they say, that Sir Alex’s decision to “draw” Scholes out of retirement sends a “wrong” message as far as the “much hyped” academy talents are concerned. Media now feel that Scholes’s return will halt the progress of the likes of Pogba and Morrison. Well, if United had signed someone like Sneijder or Nasri, wouldn’t that have halted the progress of Pogba and Morrison? In fact, it would have halted the progress of the highly talented Cleverley as well. A 27-years old Snejder or a 24-years old Nasri would have done more damage to the progress of the academy talents than a 37-years old Paul Scholes.

    As a Manchester United fan, I am extremely pleased to see Scholes back in the red jersey. He does not need to do the “instinctive works” that he used to do some years ago. I always felt that he still has much to offer. Having watched a number of reserve team games, I feel that Pogba and Morrison are talented but not yet “ready” to be burdened with a permanent spot in the senior team. They are extremely talented but still need to be nurtured. The return of 37-years old Paul Scholes can’t halt the progress of two 18-years old youngsters. Rather, a marquee signing in the summer would have offered little encouragement to their progress. Sir Alex always promotes youngsters and those two will also get their chances at the correct time. They need to be patient and should grab their opportunities as substitutes. They will learn a lot from the legend named Paul Scholes. Someone like Pogba is talented but he needs to be eased into the first team picture, rather than thrust upon it. Even someone like Roy Keane – at a time when he was the most expensive player in British football – was surrounded by the guiding influences of Bryan Robson, Brian McClair and Paul Ince in his early days at Old Trafford.

    In fact, I feel that Scholes’s return will solve a number of problems for the club. Not only it will strengthen the midfield but will also take the pressure off the youngsters. As far as the questions surrounding his fitness are concerned, the fact is: Scholes has been training regularly at Carrington with the senior team which has helped him keep himself in a good shape physically. Also, I think someone managing Manchester United for 25 years must be knowing better how fit is Scholes than the media, before rushing a retired footballer to the bench in a FA Cup match against a certain Manchester City.

    Let media criticise Fergie as criticism in the past has always made Manchester United stronger. Time will prove that this was a stroke of genius rather than an “act of desperation” from Sir Alex.

  6. Saikat Mandal says:

    Well said @Pulaha. It is naive to think that Ferguson doesn’t have any role regarding Scholes’ return. Off course he has. We know only tip of an ice-berg.