"Paul’s experience and ability to control a match are fundamental parts of the way we play. His intelligence on a football field is terrific."
- Sir Alex Ferguson
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It was business as usual for Scholesy: magic in his boots and another title medal around his neck...
Start to finish: Having started United’s first four Premier League games, Scholes then missed two months of action after suffering a medial ligament injury in the victory away to Aalborg. When he returned for the festive period, Sir Alex proclaimed: “It is like having an extra player.” The Reds stalwart looked as influential as ever, and when he didn’t start he often came on to steady the tempo of games and help close out narrow league victories. His slide rule pass for Michael Carrick’s goal against Portsmouth - Scholesy's 600th game for the Reds - was perfect in its delivery. Same old Scholesy – precise and potent.
In position: At 34, Scholes continued to take up a deep midfield position similar to that of last season, meaning his goal tally suffered at the expense of influencing the play. His role was still crucial to United’s attacking capabilities, while his timeless ability to control matches often resulted in United keeping possession with his vast array of passes. The Reds’ squad rotation policy meant Scholes was used alongside Carrick, Fletcher, Anderson and Giggs, ensuring the midfield remained fresh all term.
Season highlight: Scholes’ opener in