They need Hargreaves against the top sides - Scholes and Carrick have done well this year, but Scholes tires at the end of games and loses his effectiveness. I think you will see him in the holding role, with Carrick in advanced position. Then you can bring Scholes of the bench to change the game. I think he'll also get a few games at right back to rest Neville, especially against the weaker sides. Completely It is ridiculous that I can't spell the word ridiculous money though.
Dear God I hope not, the simplest way for United to throw the league away right now would be to drop Paul Scholes to the bench, he is completely and utterly dominating games from midfield.
Much as I have marvelled at Ronaldos performances this year this team is nothing without Paul Scholes (both certainties for team of the year and will both be in the five man shortlist for player of the year). He is playing his best football in years. The pace at which every game United play is dictated solely by Scholes, he is always available to take a pass from a teammate in trouble, his passing has been sublime, both short and long, he creates space where none had been and he keeps the team ticking perfectly. Ok his goals are down but he has got some big ones against Livepool and Newcastle and a belter agaisnt Villa. Scholes has started 18 games in the league this season and been substituted on only 3 occaisions and one of those was after 87 mins. I really dont think he has been tiring at all at the end of games. If you watch the last ten minutes of games United are winning he is constantly on the ball, making sure nothing crazy happens, just running the clock down by keeping possession.
Hargreaves isn't in Scholes class, not even close. My biggest worry is that Ferguson wants to go back to the 433 formation with Hargreaves, Scholes and Carrick sitting back and then rotating Ronaldo, Giggs, Larsson, Rooney and Saha up front. We don't need to spend stg18m on a guy to give Neville a break agaisnt the weaker teams. Thats what Wes Brown is for.
Hargreaves makes sense for United ove the next five years when Scholes and Giggs retire (probably 2 years away) becasue he and Carrick should give them a solid midfield which would allow Rooney Ronaldo and whoever replaces Giggs and hopefully Saha to be on the attack as much as possible. This year I just fear he will upset what has been a very well balanced team.
Oh yeah nice on Liverpool