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Scholes' Extension Is Worrying

Paul Scholes has extended his Manchester United contract for another year. This, in itself, is great news: he will leave a huge void once he decides to hang up his boots, the little ginger. He's a legend, an iconic figure, a home-grown hero and in his prime a genuinely great player.

However, now age has imposed its restrictions upon him and he can no longer be regarded as a key player at Manchester United. Fergie had talked about gently phasing him out but Scholes played as many games this season as in the previous two campaigns because of lack of options in midfield.

But the problem is what his extension signifies. Sir Alex Ferguson has recently declared that the reason for not including Hargreaves is that we have plenty of options in midfield and talked about the amazing progress of Darron Gibson who is essentially a very limited player, though certainly prolific for a midfielder.

This and Scholes' extension suggests that Fergie also believes what many media experts and fans often say, namely, that United's biggest problem is a lack of firepower up front, more specifically, a capable partner/understudy to Wayne Rooney. This is not true.

United's biggest problem is central midfield because Anderson might come good but we can never be sure and beyond him we do not have enough creativity. Scholes and Giggs are not good enough to be counted on as key players, their mobility is restricted, their stamina is insufficient. We need a quick, skilful creative central midfielder who is capable of supporting the lone striker and the wide attackers. Carrick is a deep-lying player, just as Fletcher and Hargreaves while Anderson may never grow out his habit of carelessly squandering possession way too often.

I hope I'm wrong and Fergie sees Scholes only as an emergency option but his comments suggest otherwise. And that must be a concern because the importance of a new striker is dwarfed by the importance of getting a quality central midfielder.




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Writer: Zae Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Friday April 16 2010

Time: 8:01PM

Your Comments

I would think that he would not play half the games he did. He would be excellent cover, I hope this doesn't mean we are not going to get that creative midfielder we desperately need!
elvido
Well, if the red tops are to be believed, you'll be launching a bid for James Milner this summer. Partner him with someone like Marek Hamšík and you'll be as good as new.
Teddy_KGB
Oh dear. Scholes best years ended at leat three seasons ago - guess you won't be finding "value for money" in the transfer market yet again this summer.
fifthcolumnblue
I don't think it means anything other than the club showing respect to a player who has done so much for them over the years. He'll be around next year mainly to help others like Anderson, Cleverly(hopefully) and Gibson develop their games. And he's still very useful in some matches.
khoder
it is just a reward for a legend who made history with man u
paul_manu
According to the papers this morning City are lining up a move for Joe Cole, so that's one free transfer that you have competition for. Guess signing scholes for another year makes sense, even if you have to wheel him onto the pitch.
fifthcolumnblue
Scholes will probably play more games than Joe Cole would be available for.
khoder
Yeah but did you see him wheel away when he scored!!!!
tuscan3000
Scholes should be rewarded for that performance with a four year deal
khoder
Khoder - he had a good game, but dont let us delude ourselves - dont want Scholes to play as much next season as long as we have a decent central mid player come to us!
niteworlok
big scholes, big goal, a deserved deal
paul_manu
I was just excited. In reality I completely agree with you.
khoder
 

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