Manchester United great Gary Neville says Paul Scholes should be playing well beyond this season.
The former Red Devils captain also thought that re-signing Scholes was the best value move for Sir Alex Ferguson in the transfer window.
Neville denied Scholes was saving United after a troublesome last few months in the injury stakes, but that he just realised he’s made a mistake in retiring.
“He missed football and he wanted to carry on,” Neville told reporters on a visit to promote the new Manchester United Cafe Bar in Mumbai.
“According to me Scholes should still be playing football and playing for a good two years.
“I think it's a great boost for Manchester United that he comes back and plays at this time when the team has suffered so badly with injuries. We have seen so many players playing out of position in the midfield.
“He wanted to come back and play football irrespective of the problems that Manchester United have had.”
While talking up the value of signing Scholes, Neville also gave a damning review of the January transfer window in general.
The former England international claimed teams like Chelsea had paid way over the odds by doing their business mid-season.
“People get fascinated with the January window but it's never been a success for Manchester United or any other club,” he claimed.
"Chelsea last year signed David Luiz and Fernando Torres for 75 million – you play inflated prices.
“When a player signs at the start of the season in June, he has three months to get used to. He signs in January and he has February, March and April to settle and the season ends in May. So you don't get any benefits.
“I don't see the benefits of signing a player in January. So Scholes coming back in and hitting the ground running is beneficial for the club”