The 37-year-old came out of retirement and to Sir Alex Ferguson’s aid after United were hit by an injury crisis in December, and the veteran midfielder has had an immediate impact.
Ferguson’s side have picked up 25 from a possible 27 points since Scholes’ return, overturning Manchester City’s advantage in the title race.
“He can dictate the tempo of games very well and the rhythm of our game,” Ferguson said. “He has the experience which helps him do that. He has a terrific football brain.”
Ferguson revealed that Scholes decided to retire last summer because the United manager could not guarantee the United midfieler a regular slot in his first team.
“The reason he wanted to retire was because he wanted to play 50 games, not 25, he didn’t think that was enough,” added Ferguson.
“I said to him at the time he would play 25 games for me no problem, but he didn’t want that. Maybe he felt that was maybe me not giving him enough appreciation.
“What I was trying to do was look at it in a sensible way and think what do you get out of a 37-year-old? How many games can you get out of him?
“The way we control Ryan Giggs [in terms of games he plays] – he’s different from the rest and we’re treating Paul Scholes exactly the same now.
“There will be games where we maybe leave him out, but we also know the games he can play in.”
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