columnist Daniel Lomax feels
that United's recent form has showed that there is life after Paul Scholes at
Old Trafford, and wonders if the emergence of players like Anderson will
finally signal the end of the ginger prince.
Has the recent form of Manchester
United signalled the end for Paul Scholes? There is no doubt that Scholes is a
fantastic player and brings much needed experience to a United midfield that
often consists of players such as Nani and Anderson, but is the United number
18 a vital component for boss Sir Alex Ferguson anymore and is it time he moved
over to let the youngsters flourish?
Since the end of September when
Scholes got carried off against Aalborg,
United have impressed and have hit their goal scoring heights. Granted, Wayne
Rooney has helped spark United into life and the addition of Dimitar Berbatov
has influenced their results and the Red Devils have, since the Aalborg match, scored nine goals in three games whilst
not conceding. The players that have stepped in have impressed. Darren Fletcher
especially is gaining more and more confidence in every game.
There could be many a reason as
to why United have become free scorers but one is that the absence of Scholes
has freed up the likes of Rooney and Anderson. In the match against Blackburn
at Ewood Park,
the show from the midfield, injecting pace, power and work rate into a
performance that enabled United to attack with fluidity. When Scholes plays he
likes to drop deep to collect the ball from Ferdinand and Vidic which can often
become predictable and slows the game down, meaning that teams can regroup and
defend in numbers.
It could be said that United are
at their rampant best when playing with pace and running at the opposition and
Scholes, although creative, hampers the way in which the likes of Rooney,
Ronaldo, Anderson and Tevez like to play.
It will be a sad day when Scholes
leaves United or retires from football as in the past, even last season to some
extent, he has been a great for his club but maybe his time has come to move
over and take a back seat at Old Trafford, after all he can still be a great
asset in terms of being a squad player.
Personally I hope that Scholes
can be a success this season and rediscovers his form but will he be able to
claim his place back?