Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has stated that he and his players are delighted at Paul Scholes’ return from retirement, as the veteran midfielder played a part in his side’s 3-2 win over Manchester City on Sunday.
The Red Devils raced into a 3-0 first half lead at the Etihad Stadium, with a Wayne Rooney double and a Danny Welbeck strike giving the visitors a clear advantage.
Despite Vincent Kompany being sent off, goals from Aleksandar Kolarov and Sergio Aguero pulled City back into contention, but the Premier League champions held on for a derby victory.
Scholes came off the bench for the last half hour, and despite being slightly at fault for City’s second goal, received praise from Ferguson.
“The last few weeks, Paul has been training very hard with the reserves and doing a lot of work in the gym,” the Scottish coach told Sky Sports.
“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,” he concluded.
By Gareth McKnight