Rio: Great to see greats back

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Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is looking forward to seeing two Barclays Premier League greats on the same pitch this Sunday.


The Red Devils stopper was speaking ahead of the meeting between United and Arsenal at Emirates Stadium, both of whom have welcomed back old faces.


Paul Scholes and Thierry Henry are two of the best players to play in the Premier League according to Ferdinand and he is relishing seeing them go up against one another once more.


“It’s brilliant to see two great players – two of the best players – come back,” Ferdinand told United’s official website.


“If I was going to name a top five list of players to have played in the Premier League, both Scholes and Henry would be in there.


“[Henry’s return] is great for Arsenal, of course, just as it’s great for us to have Scholes back.


“Hopefully he’s going to help us get over the line and win another couple of trophies.”


The former Leeds United and West Ham player admitted nobody knew Scholes had decided to return, but he had an inkling it might happen.


He also thinks Paul Scholes is one of the few players who can return straight to the highest level after such a long time out of the game.


“Only a handful of players on the planet could do it,” he added.


“Iniesta, Xavi, Messi... they're the type of players who look as though they could just play football at the drop of a hat at the top level. The game is so natural to them.


“Scholesy met up with the squad before the day before the Manchester City game and I asked him if he was in the squad. He said he was just coming to watch as part of the staff. Typical Scholesy.


“I had an inkling he might be back because he trained the day before with us. The next day I asked the kit man whether Scholesy’s gear was here. And then the team was named.


“It’s fantastic for the club and fantastic for the team. Most importantly, for the young players learning their trade – especially our midfielders – they can see a top player at work.”


The meeting between the sides is crucial to the fortunes of both, with United trying to stay with leaders Manchester City and Arsenal not wanting to further lose touch with the top four.

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