Fergie salutes Scholes
Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to Paul Scholes ahead of Man Utd's game against Gamba Osaka.
Last Updated: 17/12/08 6:48pm
Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to Paul Scholes ahead of Manchester United's Club World Cup semi-final against Gamba Osaka.
Scholes has been a key figure in United's success in recent years and Ferguson hopes he can maintain his level of performance for two more seasons.
The 34-year-old is set to make his first start since September in Thursday's match in Japan and Ferguson believes he will make a major impact.
The Red Devils boss said: "Paul brings an order to our game. His experience and his ability to control a match is a fundamental part of the way we play. His intelligence on a football field is terrific.
"Paul is not going to improve much now. We just hope, given the fact he has had some injuries over the last few years, that he can keep to a certain level and retain it for the next two years.
"I don't see any negatives or inferiority in his game and hopefully he can keep it going for a long time.
"You can't measure everything about him. Paul brings us other things because he is such a fantastic player."
Ferguson has also confirmed that Cristiano Ronaldo will play against Gamba Osaka and he expects the Portuguese winger to put on a good show.
"Cristiano always had certain attributes that pointed him towards the very top," said Ferguson.
"One was his skill factor, then there was his speed and his courage. His decision making has developed as well.
"Our people in Portugal kept telling us that this boy was a great goalscorer.
"We couldn't see it when he first came to us but then, all of a sudden, he just blossomed.
"Once he settled in he started scoring."