Tuesday, April 10th, 2012
“A lot’s been said about him coming back, whether it has been good or bad for us. But you can see in the results we’ve had since he’s been back, the influence he’s had. He’s a fantastic player. Not only on the games you see out here but in training and around the training ground. He’s an example for all the young players at the club.” – Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand.
One of the key statistics in the Premier League title race is that since Paul Scholes’ surprise return to playing action from retirement, Manchester United have picked up 34 points out of a possible 36 in the games the ginger midfielder has played in.
Against QPR, Scholes produced a masterclass performance and thanks to his second half goal was voted man of the match.
The long range strike bagged Scholes some headlines, but it was his overall contribution that was hugely impressive, as is borne out from the stats.
Scholes touched the ball 129 times, with a pass accuracy of 95% – the sort of metronome passing skill that Sir Alex Ferguson missed in the first half of the campaign.
Related links: Antonio Valencia v QPR.