Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 2 September 2015

Manchester United ready to come of age

Published 16/05/2009

Paul Scholes is adamant if Manchester United manage to secure their 18th league title it won’t be long before they start plotting to win number 19.

A point from United’s last two matches would be enough to give Scholes a ninth championship medal, but, as ever with United, attention will quickly shift. First to a Champions League final date with Barcelona in Rome on May 27 and then to becoming the first team in English football history to win four titles on the trot.

"I never think about the wider picture," said Scholes.

"I just think about what I am involved in at the minute. Whatever has happened before has gone.

"I am sure if we manage to win the league tomorrow a few days later we will be thinking about next year."

Plenty of water has flowed under the bridge since Scholes helped disprove Alan Hansen’s theory of winning nothing with kids by claiming the double in 1996.

In fairness to the Liverpool legend and Match of the Day pundit, Ferguson knew his kids were pretty special, with Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs also in the squad to face Arsenal tomorrow, while David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Phil Neville send best wishes from elsewhere.

All six were involved in some pretty spectacular comebacks down the years, a trait that continues to this day.

After the late smash and grab raid on Aston Villa at the beginning of last month and the sensational five-goal second-half against Tottenham three weeks’ later, Wednesday’s comeback at Wigan was rather routine.

But Scholes admits the confidence that courses through the Red Devils camp ensures no-one will ever accept being beaten while there is still a ball left to be kicked.

"Every lad here is quite confident in their ability and confident that if they are in a sticky situation they can get out of it," said the former England star.

"Whatever situation has been put in front of them, they always come up with the answers.”

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