It is widely rumored that Roy Keane is set to lure former Manchester United team mates Paul Scholes and Nicky Butt to The Stadium of Light.
With Joey Barton heading to Newcastle, Butt is likely to slide down the pecking order for midfield places, and could be tempted by Keane’s offer, regardless of talk he is favorite for the captain’s armband after the departure of Scott Parker.
What I don’t see, however, is Scholes leaving Manchester United. Ever.
Paul Scholes is a family man. One of his reasons for not playing for England anymore is his young family, and desire to spend more time with them. For this reason alone I don’t see him upping sticks and heading north.
Sir Alex Ferguson would be mad to let him even if he tried. With Hargreaves, Anderson and Nani joining the ranks, Scholes my find his outings limited, but his experience will be invaluable with next seasons main target in mind. The Champions League.
All the signings point to an assault on club football’s biggest prize. Hargreaves to provide the ruthlessness in midfield missing since Keane’s departure. Nani to push down the left as Giggs starts to slow further. Anderson to finally provide a genuine attacking option from the bench.
As with Giggs, Scholes is the sort of player you can see taking up a coaching role when he hangs up his boots, and players like Anderson can only improve under his wing.
The £2million bid will get Paul Scholes thinking. Thinking about the possibility of playing every week in a possible relegation battle, or resting more and fighting for the Champions League. Not for too long tho….
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