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27/10/2012 08:47, Report by Adam Marshall
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Scholes up for huge week

Paul Scholes is relishing a huge week for Manchester United, with the Reds aiming to close the gap on Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea on Sunday.

The trip to Stamford Bridge is followed by a Capital One Cup tie on Wednesday against the European champions at the same venue with Arsenal travelling to Old Trafford next Saturday.

Scholes expects a fabulous game of football against Roberto Di Matteo's men and is determined to improve on the team's recent league record on the Blues' home ground.

"We've got three massive games really in a week," he told MUTV. "Obviously Chelsea twice and then Arsenal at home. Sunday is a big one. We've not got a brilliant record at Chelsea over the last few years and it's something we hope we can change.

"We watched them against Tottenham last week. They've signed a different type of player to a couple of years back when you were looking at a big, powerful team. Now they've signed smaller, better footballers who are difficult to play against. We know each of them is capable of creating chances and scoring goals themselves.

"They're a good team to play against because they like to play football and you always get a fair share of the ball there and a fair share of the chances. There's always a good atmosphere and we want to change the results we've had over the years there."

The midfield veteran is refusing to get too concerned with the frustrating habit of conceding first in matches this season.

"I've no idea," he conceded, when asked for an answer to the problem. "I think the manager is a bit puzzled as to why it's happening. We go out with every intention to start the game well but, for some reason, it hasn't worked in the last few games.

"I'm just thankful we've got the attacking players that can score more goals than the opposition at the minute. I'm sure it will change. It's just the start of the season and it's only early so there is plenty of time to put it right."

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