Paul Scholes celebrates his birthday today (Sunday) and will soon be back in action. United fan Gavinio, for one, can't wait to see the midfielder's next master class...
I make no apologies for being totally biased when speaking about Paul Scholes. He is my all-time favourite United player, and it pains me when anyone questions his place in the team.
When he picked up his knee injury in the game against Aalborg recently, some fans seemed almost happy about it, seeing it as a chance for Anderson to get an extended run in the team! That Scholes’ contribution to the team over the last decade could be so quickly forgotten was painful for his many, many admirers.
How short the memories of some fans are. Without his superb strike against Barcelona we may not have even been in the Champions League final, let alone winning it! That was just the latest in a long line of spectacular goals for the club over the years but his game is about more than just goals.
Scholes' off the ball movement is a joy to watch. He is always available to receive the ball from a team-mate and his range of passing is the best in the English game since the days of Glenn Hoddle in his Spurs prime.
If ever any player deserved to win the Champions League it was Scholesy, not least because he missed out so cruelly in 1999 through suspension after being one quarter of the best midfield quartet in United’s history.
During pre-season, two players stood out above everyone else – Carlos Tevez and Paul Scholes. The early weeks of the season backed this up with Scholesy providing a midfield master class at Portsmouth. In 20 minutes as a sub against Bolton, he created more chances than his team-mates had in 70.
Though advancing in years - he's 34 today (Sunday) - he still remains one of the best midfielders in the country. Managers rave about him, many players say he is the best they have either played with or against and yet some United fans seem to forget about him or just take him for granted.
For me, his return (in early December?) cannot come soon enough. I think we miss his guile and ingenuity in the centre of the park and coming to Old Trafford knowing he will not be playing lessens the experience slightly for me. He is a model pro who humbly sits back from the