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Scholes wants more titles


Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes has admitted the challenge is now on for Manchester United to extend their advantage over Liverpool by winning more Premier League titles.

Despite Saturday's Champions League final defeat to Barcelona, and the horrible Manchester weather, tens of thousands of United fans turned out to acclaim their team on an open-top bus parade on Monday.

Supporters outside Old Trafford revelled in the record 19th title triumph, with even Sir Alex Ferguson joining in the now-familiar chant of "Are you watching Merseyside". And, having gained the initiative, Scholes believes United must take advantage. "Reaching 19 titles is not something you ever think about. All you want to do is win something," he told MUTV.

Although Liverpool made rapid progress following the appointment of Kenny Dalglish as new manager in January, it still seems impossible for them to bridge the gap by finishing top for the first time since 1990 next term.

He added: "To go on like we have done is a great achievement. Now we want to stretch our lead even more. The challenge will always be to get the next one. This one is out of the way now. We will celebrate it, have a nice summer, then think about winning the next one."

Whether Scholes is there to help remains an unanswered question. Along with former England team-mate Michael Owen, two significant players are out of contract and, thus far, there has been no indication about when, or if, extensions will be signed.

Dimitar Berbatov could remain at United for a further two years if the club took up a one-sided extension on a deal that presently has one season to run. However, the Bulgarian's future is under a cloud after his omission from Ferguson's squad for the Champions League final, a game the 30-year-old did not watch alongside the rest of his non-playing colleagues.

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Whether Berbatov stays or goes, it is going to be a summer of change at United. Ashley Young, Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric are the men most linked with a move to Manchester, although it is hard to imagine more than two of those players will end up at the club for the start of next season.

Atletico Madrid's David de Gea seems certain to arrive as goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar's replacement, in addition to Lens' teenage defender Raphael Varane, who has been touted as a potential United purchase for a number of months.

"It will be a busier than usual summer this year," said chief executive David Gill. "I will be going away at some point in June and be back for the start of our tour but I will be on with player stuff for the next few weeks I am sure."

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