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Thursday, June 26, 2008

Scholes' midfield mates

Sir Alex Ferguson is spoilt for choice in the centre of the park with Paul Scholes, Michael Carrick, Owen Hargreaves, Darren Fletcher and Anderson all vying for a starting berth.

Here, veteran midfielder Paul Scholes gives us the lowdown on his fellow comrades...

Michael is a top player who brings a relaxed nature to the team. He can pick the ball up anywhere on the pitch and pass it long or short. He can also tackle and score goals, so he can do everything. He’s just a really good player to play with.

I knew Owen before he joined from our England days. He’s a great athlete who gets about the pitch very well and is a good passer of the ball.

Last season was a bit stop-start for him because of injuries, but once he got some more games under his belt, he proved what a top player he is.

All the players know what a quality player Fletch is. He was unfortunate not to play for parts of last season, but you have to give him credit for sticking at it. He never moaned, he just continued to train well every day and more than anyone he deserved his chance. Whenever he plays he’s fantastic for the team and he showed that against Arsenal in the FA Cup victory back in February. It was unbelievable to see the way he ran about, despite not having really played for a couple of months.

He improved as last season went on and is a great prospect. It’s a well known fact that foreign players can take time to settle, but in truth it didn’t take him that long. He’s been fantastic whenever he’s played. He’s only 20-years-old so it’s amazing to think what he could achieve in his career.

Ron: I WILL come back

Cristiano Ronaldo has phoned Manchester United to say 'I’ll be back'. SunSport can reveal that the Portuguese star dramatically made contact with Old Trafford for the first time in a month. Ronaldo, 23, has given United fans the news they most wanted by informing the club he would be going straight on holiday and would return, as instructed, for pre-season training. His call makes it clear Ronaldo does not envisage any move to Real Madrid in the coming weeks. The player was told he must be back at United three weeks from the day Portugal’s interest in Euro 2008 ended – July 10 – and he has said he will be there.
Neil Custis, The Sun