Fergie happy with Scholes return
Sir Alex Ferguson believes there are absolutely no negatives about Paul Scholes' decision to reverse his call to retire.
Last Updated: 09/01/12 8:12am
Sir Alex Ferguson believes there are absolutely no negatives about Paul Scholes' decision to reverse his call to retire at the end of last season.
At 37 Scholes decided over the summer that his body could no longer cope with the demands of top class football and closed the curtain on the most decorated of careers.
At the back end of last week rumours began to surface that Scholes had decided he had made a mistake and wanted to make a return to United's first team squad.
And that is precisely what happened on Sunday afternoon as the player made a 30-minute cameo at the Etihad Stadium as Manchester United reached the fourth round of the FA Cup after a 3-2 defeat of neighbours Manchester City.
Although he was partly responsible for Sergio Aguero's goal for City, which really made United sweat after Aleksandar Kolarov had reduced the deficit straight after the restart, Scholes helped to bring a measure of composure to United's game near the end.
Ferguson believes Scholes' presence in the dressing room between now and the campaign's close could prove invaluable.
"The last few weeks, Paul has been training very hard with the reserves and doing a lot of work in the gym," said Ferguson.
"He came to see me and said 'I regret retiring'.
"There are no negatives for me. The players have been delighted. I am delighted. The fans are delighted.
"The last few weeks he has been stepping up his training and been taking part in our training sessions during the week.
"It is a terrific addition to our squad at a very important part of our season."