The world of world football was greeted by mixed reactions last Saturday at the Etihad stadim when a then ex Manchester United player in the name of Paul Scholes was pulled out of retirement to help save the blushes of the Red half of the Manchester midfield that was already in panic mode. Ferguson admitting their was a crisis in his middle pack turned to one of his trusted players and overlooked what you and me thought of, a big name maybe in the name of Sneildjer, O’zil or maybe even the big Chelsea Frank, Lampard who could do the job. I for a moment thought Fergie was not getting things wise especially after getting it all wrong in the Champions League and condemning MAN U to the not so prestigious EUROPA tournament amidst the earlier Carling cup exit that already had the world of football shell shocked.
Every Scholes fan would really love to see the old form of the ’98 to ‘2004 Scholes who was fast on the ball, made good runs and precise passes, something that made him a frequent starter in the Man U and English national team midfield. Just as I said yesterday about Henry, class never ages, this is another great example of class that is still going strong and at 37, albeit 3 years older than Henry, he’s still better than the big RED’S Carroll in his goal scoring exploits. *Scholes 1- Carrol and company 0*. For a player who’s last goal for United came at Fulham in August 2010, he surely is not a natural goalscorer, but his presence in the box sends shivers down defenders spines, he can deflect, assist and even drill it into the defence in the twinkling of an eye, the true Manchester way.
As a blogger I’m bound to face so many critics and admirers alike, but my point of question is, “is he really worth the gamble?” True to the words of Wenger’s, Mourinho and several other managers in the game, Scholes is not a good tackler, a fact Scholes himself denies. He claims he just tries to get back play, in my opinion, trying to get it back, yes, but in not so the legal way. His work rate is impressive in winning the ball back a skill that still endears him to the devils faithful!!! His vision was once compared to that of the great ZIZOU (who was just too excellent and to put facts rather straight a great tackler), maybe not just winning a medal with the England national team was his only shortcoming.
He couldn’t have come back at a better time when Henry too was making his comeback at Arsenal. I’m so tempted to try to compare TITI and Schole’s impact for their national teams now that they are the headlines of the game but I’m tucked back in my sofa when I remember that in England, the “I am a STAR” tag that follows the players when they represent their national teams didn’t exist in France until very recently. Not in anytime did he fail to impress in the Blue lions colours, a true servant of my colonial masters country (I’m Kenyan for the record). Not so many players score hatricks for their national teams, you may have not known this, but Scholes once did score a hatrick against Poland, putting him in the class of Owen, Crouch, Walcott and most recently Defoe as players to have ever scored hatricks for their countries and are still playing football.
United have been so far lucky to have a player in the class of Scholes in its ranks, a gem that hasn’t been so far found in the Manchester ranks in a long time. Many of the players of his generation have so far moved on from Trafford and only a few remain – I for one , I’m very glad (so hypocritical from me since I’m so ARSENAL) that the genius remained true to the Devil that lives at the Red half of Manchester.