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 opener in United’s 3-0 victory over Fulham in February 2009 – a game he dominated – proved he hasn’t lost his deadly ability to score from distance. Carrick’s corner found Scholes in a familiar position at the edge of the area, and he rolled back the years to thunder in a 25-yard volley that was simply too hot for Mark Schwarzer to handle. He followed that with a vintage header away at Sunderland in April 2009, and, in his 600th game for the Reds, delivered a masterclass in ball retention against Portsmouth ten days later. He went on to claim his ninth title medal as United sealed a hat-trick of league titles. Little wonder he was rewarded with a one-year contract extension in April 2009, taking him through to June 2011.
While Scholes questioned his own contribution to the United cause midway through the 2009/10 campaign, he went on to show he remains a hugely important cog in the Reds' well-oiled machine thanks to a host of majestic midfield displays. His habit of bagging important goals clearly hadn't deserted him either - just ask Manchester City. His strikes