Scholes says it’s tough at the top
PAUL SCHOLES believes Manchester United will emerge from one of the toughest Champions League groups when they line-up in the knockout-stage draw later this month.
An injury-hit United conclude their Group B campaign against Wolfsburg tomorrow knowing a spot in the last 16 has been booked.
United’s result against the Germans will be irrelevant if CSKA Moscow beat Besiktas because that result will confirm Sir Alex Ferguson’s men as group winners.
It is probably just as well given the defensive worries Ferguson now faces.
Scholes, who helped United to a 4-0 win at West Ham, said: “This was one of the toughest groups.
“We had to go to Moscow, which is always difficult, especially on a plastic pitch, and it is the same in Turkey, yet we managed to win.”
Ferguson will make a late check on Nemanja Vidic before deciding his side to play in Germany, although he has declared an intention to use Michael Carrick in central defence given his lack of fit defenders.
Rio Ferdinand heads an injured list which also contains John O’Shea, Jonny Evans, the Da Silva twins Fabio and Rafael, plus Gary Neville and Wes Brown, who started in central defence at Upton Park but failed to finish the contest.
It will be interesting to see if Ferguson approaches Watford for the return of Tom Cleverley or Craig Cathcart, whose loan spells run until January.
That said, Scholes is unsure of the benefit winning the group might actually be.
“We want to win the game and finish top of the group,” he said.
“How much difference that makes to who we get in the next round I am not too sure. There really are lots of good teams at that stage of the tournament.”