Ferguson slams City Scholes jibe
Sir Alex Ferguson has launched an amazing attack on Manchester City and warned them he has "plenty of ammunition" if they want to engage in mind games.
Earlier this week, former Blues midfielder Patrick Vieira said the decision to bring Paul Scholes out of retirement smacked of desperation. However, Manchester United have won nine Premier League games and drawn one with Scholes in the team, suggesting the move has worked.
"If it's desperation bringing the best midfielder in Britain back for the last 20 years then I think we can accept that," said Ferguson. "I think he (Vieira) was programmed for that."
It certainly has provided Ferguson with the opportunity to hit back in a week when Carlos Tevez has made his controversial return to the Manchester City fold.
Ferguson said: "Roberto had a wee dig a couple of weeks back. We're all going to play our hand that way. There will be plenty of ammunition for that.
"If you talk about desperation, they played a player the other night who refused to go on the pitch, the manager said he'd never play again and he takes a five-month holiday in Argentina. What is that? Could that come under the description of desperation?"
Of Scholes, Ferguson added: "Paul can dictate the tempo and rhythm of our game very well. He has the experience which helps him do that and a terrific football brain. He wanted to retire because he wanted to play 50 games, not 25. He didn't think that was enough.
"Maybe he felt that was me not giving him enough appreciation but what I was trying to do was look at it in a sensible way and think what do you get out of a 37-year-old? How many games can you get out of him?"
It has already been suggested Scholes could be asked to come out of international retirement and play for England at Euro 2012, or failing that, the Great Britain Olympic team. Both scenarios would indicate Scholes will extend his career by another year, although Ferguson insists that is yet to be decided.
"I've not approached that subject at all," he said.