Ferguson hails Scholes influence

Mon, 09 Apr 13:09:04 2012

Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted Paul Scholes has been a central figure in Manchester United's surge towards the Barclays Premier League title.

The Red Devils have been steadily turning the screw on Manchester City for the past few weeks and on Sunday it seemed the Blues finally cracked, losing at Arsenal soon after United defeated QPR 2-0 at Old Trafford to give Ferguson's men an eight-point lead with six games remaining. And for that, Scholes deserves so much credit.

United have taken 34 points from a possible 36 since losing at Newcastle in January, the moment Scholes came out of retirement. And the 37-year-old sealed an eighth win on the bounce on Sunday with a typically fierce finish midway through the second half.

"That was a typical Paul Scholes goal," said Ferguson. "He has scored three since he came back into the fold and we have only dropped two points.

"You see the control of the game he has and the way he controlled the tempo of the game. That has never changed. At 37, he is still capable of that.

"He is a great player and integral to what has happened over the past few weeks."


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