The 37-year-old had called time on a 21-year career last May but with United struggling to match derby rivals Manchester City in the title race this term, Sir Alex Ferguson convinced Scholes to make an unexpected return to his first-team.
The former England midfielder’s impact was instantaneous with United winning 10 of the 11 league games Scholes started.
“There are a number of reasons why we’ve done well since the turn of the year,” Ferdinand told United Review.
“There’s no doubt one of them is Paul Scholes. Would we have been in the same position [without him]? It’s impossible to say. It’s great to have him back, though.
“It’s not just the quality of his football that impresses me but the way he’s adapted physically.
“He was out of the game for months and yet he’s come straight back into top-level football and he’s hardly looked out of place. At this stage of his career, that’s phenomenal.”
The United defender added: “It would be nice if he could play another season. With Scholes, though, you know it doesn’t make a difference what anybody else says. He’s his own man and he’ll make his own decision.”
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