Manchester United: Paul Scholes' Return Nice Start to Offseason for Red Devils

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistMay 14, 2012

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - MAY 06:  Paul Scholes of Manchester United looks dejected at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Swansea City at Old Trafford on 6 May 2012 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Well, the old man just can't seem to stay away, can he?

Luckily for Manchester United, old man Paul Scholes still has some quality play left in the legs, which he proved when he returned from a rather brief retirement in January. It's of little surprise Sir Alex Ferguson wanted him back, according to the Daily Mail

Manager Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed at United's Player of the Year dinner on Monday night that Scholes has signed a one-year contract extension.

"It has been done. He is staying," Ferguson told MUTV. "I am delighted. He knew he had made a mistake. He now realizes, if he plays 25 or 30 games next season, they will be of real quality."

Scholes was solid in his return, scoring four goals in 16 appearances while filling in for an injury-riddled United squad. He gives the team added depth in the midfield, while providing leadership and experience in the locker room.

You can never have too much veteran presence—assuming one can still play, that is—or players that make the rest of the team better, which Scholes does.

And after all of the injuries United suffered through this season, having a reliable presence like Scholes becomes all the more valuable.

Obviously, the Red Devils will have some work to do in the transfer window, namely to improve the defensive third. The return of Scholes is a nice move, but they'll need more than that, especially on a day when the team learned it would be losing the services of promising young midfielder Paul Pogba.

But for now, the return of the old man is a good start to an important offseason for the Red Devils.

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