Paul Scholes made a surprise return to the Manchester United line up on Sunday. The player had made his last appearance as a professional player for Manchester United in the Champions League final loss of 2011 against Barcelona, where he featured as a late substitute.
The fiery midfielder, renowned for his passing, technical ability and clinical finishing, had retired at the end of the previous season citing his lack of ability to make an impact in the bigger matches and his deteriorating fitness as the main reasons. It was also suspected, on a personal level, that Paul Scholes, a true family man, longed to spend more time with those closest to him. Sir Alex Ferguson has managed, however, to tempt the one club man to return to Manchester United until the end of the season.
The need for Paul Scholes to return was quite obvious. Manchester United are in the middle of an injury crisis, even if it is slowly abating, and will need as much experience as they can muster in the second half of the English Premier League campaign as the team seek to overturn the deficit they have allowed their rivals Manchester City to develop. At the moment the difference between first and second in the table, that is the blues and reds of Manchester, is only 3 points, but with Manchester United still having to travel to a number of daunting arena’s , including White Hart Lane, Emirates, Stamford Bridge and the Etihad, Manchester United know that the difficult part of the season has yet to come. Paul Scholes has been a mainstay in the Manchester United midfield for the best part of two decades. During that time he won several Premiership titles, a number of domestic Cup competitions and two UEFA Champions League titles. He scored a number of vital goals, assisted a plethora more and was involved in countless historical moments.
Manchester United have recently been linked with Frank Lampard, seen as a potential stop gap and solution to their midfield problems. Manchester United have seen a number of midfielder’s suffer a loss of form or injury and, as a consequence, the team have struggled to reach the heights expected of them this season. There are a number of prodigious youngsters coming through the ranks at Old Trafford, including the young Frenchman Paul Pogba and Ravel Morrison, whilst others, like Tom Cleverley, have managed to find a place in the starting line up when fit. Unfortunately for Manchester United fans when the likes of Anderson and Tom Cleverley have cemented a starting place and justified the faith invested in them by the manager they have then succumbed to injury. Now that Paul Scholes has come out of retirement it affords Sir Alex Ferguson a luxury he previously didn’t have.