Scholes is back at Man United to help stop Man City winning the title
Sharethematch.com ambassador Andy Gray on why he thinks Sir Alex Ferguson has opted to re-sign veteran Paul Scholes
Sir Alex Ferguson has brought Paul Scholes out of retirement because he can have an influence on the title race and prevent Manchester City winning it.
I think Sir Alex has sat there and thought – and I might be totally wrong here but it would make sense to me – Manchester United are out of the Champions League, so that has gone.
But what is the one other thing he wants? He doesn’t want Manchester City winning the Premier League title. He doesn’t want them taking that title away from them.
So can Paul Scholes still perform at a high level in certain games or big games for a certain amount of time? The answer would be yes, he has that ability.
In Premier League terms it makes perfect sense, particularly in an area of the pitch that I think Sir Alex lacks genuine and consistent creativity.
I think he has suddenly thought if he is fit enough, let’s get him back on board and let’s, this season, focus totally on what we are going to do.
That is retaining their title and not letting Manchester City win it – and can Paul influence that? Yes he can, and that might be the reason Sir Alex decided to bring him back.
People have been looking at the return of Paul and Thierry Henry at Arsenal, who Manchester United travel to this weekend, and saying they are similar but I don’t think it is.
Henry is 34 and Paul is in his 37th year and plays in an area of the pitch, particularly in the big games, where it is really testing, both physically and demanding, in the modern game.
It will be an interesting contest between United and Arsenal this weekend but obviously before that we have a just as big match between City and Spurs.
A lot has been made of Roberto Mancini’s actions on the sidelines recently but I honestly believe it is all being blown out of proportion.
Yes, imaginary card waving is something we want to stamp out of the game and nobody wants to see players or coaches getting other players booked.
But it is probably a spur-of-the-moment thing from Mancini and in hindsight I think he knows that he shouldn’t be doing it.
When we are trying to stop players from doing it, it obviously doesn’t look great when a manager is on the touchline doing it.
However, it probably is more of an Italian thing as you do see a bit more of that in their game, but he has been here 18 months or so and he should know better.
It is something that I think David Platt will be reminding him of every now and again, and he’ll stop doing it now.
But I think on the couple of the occasions he has done it, it has been an instinctive thing and he means no harm by it.
He has apologised straight after doing it and said that he shouldn’t be doing it – and that is good enough in my book.