Landmark beckons for Scholes
Sir Alex Ferguson has praised Paul Scholes ahead of what could be his 600th appearance for Man Utd.
Last Updated: 21/04/09 7:02pm
Sir Alex Ferguson has paid tribute to Paul Scholes ahead of what could be the midfielder's 600th appearance for Manchester United.
Scholes made his Red Devils debut as a 19-year-old against Port Vale in 1994 and he is now on the verge of joining a select group, with only Bill Foulkes, Sir Bobby Charlton and Ryan Giggs having played more often.
The 34-year-old may reach his latest milestone in the home game against Portsmouth on Wednesday and Ferguson admits he has never come close to leaving Old Trafford.
"Funnily enough we have never had one enquiry for Paul Scholes," said the United boss. "You know why? Because they all know he will never leave.
"Maybe he has had private situations where people have begged him to join them because that is how it happens with agents phoning up and all that nonsense.
"But they all know he wouldn't leave here."
Ferguson believes Scholes is one of the best players he has worked with during his time in charge of the club, having shown his quality again in the FA Cup semi-final defeat to Everton on Sunday.
"At United, you can go back to the Best, Law and Charlton era," said Ferguson. "Before that you have Duncan Edwards.
"You are talking a wide panorama of players. But in my time he would be in the top six or seven without a doubt.
"His contribution and quality have been great, even without the fantastic goals he has scored.
"When he came on against Everton on Sunday, his first touch was better than anyone else's had been in the whole previous hour.
"He has that wonderful velvet touch on the ball. When he gets it, it goes stone dead. It is wonderful to see that amidst all the mayhem that can happen in a football match."