Paul Scholes- Patrick Viera was right when he called the return of Paul Scholes “desperation”. United’s midfield lacked fluency and, with a purported move for Wesley Sneijder stalling, promotion from within was left as Ferguson’s solitary, and rather boring sounding, solution. For all the success of United’s academy system, many fans still prefer big money signings — especially with clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona poaching stars right and left.
Scholes’ return, however, captured the imaginations of United’s legions of R20;modern” supporters, the ones glued to their cell phones instead of the game. After all, Scholes is different, he conquers short attention spans. He combines the sparkle of Sneijder with the genuineness of John O’Shea. Scholes is the archetypal Ferguson player: magnificently talented, but modest and disciplined as well.
Those characteristics, among others, served him well against Queens Park Rangers. With a passing accuracy of 95%, Scholes controlled the game from the center of midfield, spraying ball after ball out to the dangerous Antonio Valencia. It took most of the first half before — succumbing to the crowd’s incessant pleas — Scholes finally took a shot from a distance, slashing the ball narrowly wide.
With twenty minutes to go, he finally found the target. After Adel Taarabt only half cleared a United corner, the ball fell to Scholes on the edge of the box. Poised as always, Scholes drove a low shot past Paddy Kenny’s dive and into the bottom corner. The goal was fitting reward for a performance of typical composure, a display reminiscent of bygone deeds and, hopefully, indicative of future successes.
United are eight points clear, the title within touching distance. Who is desperate now, Patrick?
Michael Carrick- Shook the bar with a rasping shot. As usual, the perfect complement for Paul Scholes.
Jonny Evans- A controlled, mature showing. Tackled, passed and dribbled very well. More of the same, please, Jonny.
Flop of the Match:
Rafael- A sloppy display. Missed an absolute sitter in the second half. Generally disappointing in the attacking third. We forgive you, though. CHAMP20NS (I can say that, right?).