Manchester United fans have overwhelmingly endorsed Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to re-sign Paul Scholes until the end of the season.
Nearly 7000 fans took part in a Givemefootball poll over the wisdom of coaxing Scholes out of retirement.
A resounding 87 percent of those who voted thought the signing of the Old Trafford legend was a smart move by United boss Ferguson.
The news that Scholes was cutting short his retirement to help out his club broke on Sunday morning ahead of the FA Cup third round tie against Manchester City. It came as a shock to many but it seems that the United faithful think Ferguson has made a shrewd move in calling upon the former England international.
The 37-year-old answered the call of the only manager he has ever had in club football to return to club where he spent his entire career.
Manchester United have well documented problems in central midfield, where a lack of creativity and an inability to hold onto the ball effectively have been blamed for some below-par performances of late.
Even though they are second in the Barclays Premier League, many have criticised Ferguson for not signing a suitable replacement after Scholes retired. It now seems he has gone for the least obvious option.
Much was expected of young England midfielder Tom Cleverley, but a series of injuries have meant he has been unable to make the impact that was expected of him so far.
Cleverley is expected to return soon, but it looks as though Ferguson wanted the wise head of Scholes to help his stuttering midfield through until the end of the season.
Scholes made his return to the first team in the victory over Manchester City on Sunday and, while he looked a little rusty giving the ball away for City’s second goal, eventually brought about some calm to the United midfield.
Nobody is expecting him to play every week or to contribute significantly, but a bit of experience and composure may be just what Ferguson’s side need in the title race.
It has been a week for comebacks, with Arsenal resigning Thierry Henry for a two-month loan deal from New York Red Bulls of the MLS. That signing was greeted with much the same pleasure as Scholes’ Old Trafford return.
It is hard to say whether either move will be a success or not, but the fans have spoken and a legend has been welcomed back with open arms.