Scholes - No place like home
Paul Scholes has admitted he would rather be back home rather than half way around the world in Japan.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 15/12/08 8:31pm
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has admitted he would rather be back home rather than half way around the world competing for the Fifa World Club Cup.
Scholes has only recently returned following knee surgery at the end of September and has joined the rest of his team-mates for the trip to Japan.
The former England star confessed that the Red Devils could face a tough task to retain their Premier League crown as rearranged fixtures have left them with a busy schedule in January.
United will spend nine days at the Fifa organised tournament and by the time they get back league leaders Liverpool could have stretched their lead over the champions to nine points.
"It's a big competition and we want to win," admitted Scholes.
"But obviously, we'd probably rather be here, playing our league game and not have so many fixtures in January like we've got.
"It's one of those things. We managed to win the European Cup last year and sometimes afterwards you have to do things maybe you don't want to do."
Sir Alex Ferguson's side failed to capitalise on Liverpool's surprise slip up at home to Hull as both sides shared the points in a 2-2 draw.
United could only manage a draw themselves away at Spurs keeping Liverpool six points ahead of their rivals having played a game more.
Despite the missed opportunity the 34-year-old remained positive and admitted that the point could prove to be a valuable one come the end of the season.
"We would have liked to win but coming to a place like this is tough and we will take a point," Scholes added.
"It is a bit frustrating not to be closer to those at the top but Liverpool were expected to beat Hull so our point is probably better than theirs."
In spite of the fact that the midfielder has made no secret of his desire to stay at home the chance to get his match fitness back ahead of the more important fixtures in January is an opportunity the Salford born player cannot afford to pass up.
"I am not far off," indicates Scholes. "Maybe I can try for 70, 80 or even 90 minutes in Japan and can come on from that."