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Sir Alex Ferguson has been encouraged by the return to peak form of Manchester United stalwart Paul Scholes.


The former England international missed three months earlier in the season through injury and has been striving to tap into his best form.

But his display in last week's 3-0 win over Liverpool drew the plaudits from his manager, who expects the midfielder to play a key role in the team's quest for trophies.

"Last Sunday to me was a great sign for me in terms of the confidence of the team, the composure they showed in the game, I thought it was really top class and what was most rewarding for me in the game was the form of Paul Scholes," said Ferguson on Sky Sports News.


Magnificent

"After three-and-a-half months he was taking his time to get back to the real Paul Scholes form. Last Sunday to me he was head and shoulders above everyone on the pitch. I thought he was magnificent.

"That gives us great confidence for the next few weeks with Scholes' form."

United face Aston Villa in the Premier League on Saturday, but Ferguson also has an eye on next week's UEFA Champions League quarter-final with Roma.

Louis Saha and Darren Fletcher will definitely miss out, although the United boss also intimated he is wary about rotating his squad too heavily.

He added: "Louis Saha, as we explained last week, should be out for another two or three weeks with a hamstring injury.

"A hamstring injury is a hamstring injury and always take a bit of time.


Barometer

"We're hoping Nani gets fit for tomorrow. He missed the Portugal game because of an injury to his thigh and we will have to wait and see what he's like tomorrow.

"Other than that, everyone in the squad is fit. Some have travelled fair distances. Vidic was playing in the Ukraine for Serbia, which is a long way, and Ji-sung Park played in a World Cup game for South Korea and didn't arrive back until this morning, so whether we include them, with an eye on Tuesday night's game, we will have to think about it.

"We have an eye on Tuesday because it's such an important fixture, but it doesn't lessen our thoughts about tomorrow because, after our performance last week against Liverpool, we have to use that as a barometer for the rest of the season.

"As I said some weeks ago the most consistent team will win the league and we have to prove that consistency."

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Scholes will always retain his natural ability and his skill so as long as he can get back to near full fitness he will be a great asset for us in big games when we need experience and a cool head.

My dream is for Scholsey to score in the Champions League this season!!!! or in the Premier League, preferably against the rent-boys!!!
 

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I agree mate. scholesy is my favourite ever united player and i have seen some gems over the last 27 years. Would be the stuff of fairytale if he grabbed the winner in a CL final. Last sunday he was my mom and looks to be back to his imperious best. Unlike Giggs old father time has not caught up with him and long may it last
 

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Scholes Is Vital, Says Sir Alex



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Sir Alex Ferguson has announced that Paul Scholes' return to fitness and form could not be timelier in terms of Manchester United's hopes of retaining the Barclays Premiership title.

The 33-year-old deep-lying playmaker has been dogged by knee problems this season, and his sluggishness in regaining match fitness after more than three months on the sidelines has seen many observers declare that he is officially ‘past it'.

However, Sir Alex is confident that Scholes will be a pivotal part of United's push for their 17th league title, pointing to Scholes' dominant performance against North-West rivals Liverpool last weekend.

The Real Paul Scholes

“Last Sunday's win over Liverpool was a great sign for me in terms of the confidence and composure of the team,†said Ferguson during his weekly press conference.

“But what pleased me most was the performance of Paul Scholes. After three and a half months out he's taken time to get back to real Paul Scholes form.

“He was absolutely head and shoulders above everyone on the pitch – and there were some fantastic performances. His form over the next few weeks will be important for us.â€

O'Neill's Admiration

Scholes, having retired from the England international team in 2004, took no part in the midweek friendly fixtures and will be fully rested as United host Aston Villa this Saturday. Villans boss Martin O'Neill is very wary of the fact, admitting his admiration for Scholes.

“Winning is about being able to compete week in, week out,†said O'Neill. “All you have to do is look at Paul Scholes.

“He's won umpteen Championships and he still plays as if he's 18. That comes from within and from being really successful and hungry.â€

Rooney's Impact

Sir Alex has also stuck up for mercurial forward Wayne Rooney, who has come under fire in recent weeks due to his failure to score in his last six club appearances for the Red Devils.

But Ferguson insists that Rooney's contribution extends far beyond his impact on the scoreboard, again using the Liverpool game to demonstrate his point – a match in which Rooney relentlessly terrorised the Merseysider Red's defence.

“I was speaking to Alex Miller (Liverpool coach) after the game and we both agreed Wayne was simply unbelievable,†said Ferguson.

“He was great all day. You just had to look at his sheer aggression, his sublime ball control and his sharp penetration.

“I have not one problem with the boy. I hope he plays as badly for the rest of the season. That will do for me.â€

Queiroz Going Nowhere

Meanwhile, Sir Alex has trodden on recent reports indicating that his assistant Carlos Queiroz is heading for Portuguese club Benfica, indicating that perhaps Queiroz has had his fill of the continental management style for the time being.

“I am quite certain Carlos will not be going to Benfica,†said Ferguson.

“The Real Madrid experience was something else. It was a job he had to take.

âœBut he learned how difficult it is. He wasn't allowed to buy and instead told to sell players.â€
 

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“I have not one problem with the boy. I hope he plays as badly for the rest of the season. That will do for me.â€

"laughing hysterically"
 

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He's key to the teams passing ability. His vision and ability to hit a 50 yarder to an
on-rushing Rooney/Ronaldo/Nani etc......is remarkable for a vetern of his age.

He controls the tempo and decides how the team attack. We'd have been in big
trouble had we not had some star performances from him this season.

He does his job superbly and with little or no fuss. When do you ever see
Scholsey in the media or on the front page of The Sun? Answer: You don't!

He's the ultimate professional and a fantastic ambassador for Manchester United
FC. A great role modle for youngerkids and hopefully he can continue to keep the
team ticking over from that midfield role.

Also, remember last year, ehen he had suffered an eye condition and a good
number of United fans thought that they'd never see Scholsey line out in United
red again at Old Trafford! Well, didn't he prove them wrong!
 
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