03 October 2009

Ferguson admits "Midfield competition" at United

In a dilemma

He is beginning to face a pretty knotty dilemma when it comes to selecting his midfield. Darren Fletcher has matured into one of the finest midfielders in Britain, whilst veterans Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs continue to defy the passage of time with their fine performances.

Anderson and Michael Carrick turned in fine displays against VfL Wolfsburg, whilst Owen Hargreaves is due to return from injury in November. Darron Gibson is also developing well, and Ferguson admits that making a selection is becoming increasingly tricky.

“Michael [Carrick] is always a slow starter. But we got some juice on the ground on Wednesday night and he seemed to revel in that. We’re pleased that his form is coming right. He knows himself that he’s not a quick starter. But I thought he was fantastic on Wednesday. I was really pleased for him"

"Anderson impressed me too, and his form in the last few weeks has been top, he’s looked very, very good.

"Darron is an exceptional young player, but he is having to bide his time. He will get opportunities this season, though, I’m certain of that."

As for Scholes, Ferguson feels that the former England international could be the finest United player of all time, whilst the sheer energy of Giggs still amazes him.

“On Saturday against Stoke [Scholes] gave an absolutely masterful performance," he added.

"It was incredible. He had 78 passes in the match and four were off target. Four. It’s a phenomenal rate. As Tony Pulis said after the game, I can’t think of a better United player I’ve seen. You can understand that because when you see that kind of performance, it’s wonderful.

"They [Giggs and Scholes] defy their age and the enthusiasm, confidence and maturity that is in their game, it’s refreshing to see that players can retain these qualities for such a long time.”
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