Paul Scholes sets United challenge

Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has challenged his side to win the remaining 12 Premier League games in order to retain their champions status.

The Red Devils are currently two points behind local rivals Manchester City, and the veteran feels that a run of victories is needed for Sir Alex Ferguson’s men to retain their top flight crown.

“Of course, three points instead of one is a big difference. That is what we are here to do,” he is reported to have said in The Daily Mail.

“We realise we may have to win every game to win the league, but we are ready and prepared to do that. Hopefully, we can do it.”

Ryan Giggs scored an injury-time winner against Norwich at the weekend on his 900th appearance for United, and Scholes has praised the efforts of his team-mate.

“Just to play that amount of games for a top club is a great achievement from him and he is still going strong as he proved throughout the game and, thankfully, getting us the winner in the last minute.

“It was almost as if it was written for him really – 900 games is amazing and to do it for one club and Manchester United is even better,” he concluded.

United take on Tottenham next at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

By Gareth McKnight