Three points adrift from Premier League leaders and rivals Manchester City, knocked out of the Champions League in the group stages, and facing possible elimination from the FA Cup in the third round, Manchester United knew they had to do something to keep their season on track. The solution? Bring club legend Paul Scholes out of retirement.
That's right, United have officially announced that the 37-year-old midfielder has returned to the squad and will play out the remainder of the season. Apparently Scholes has been keeping himself match fit, as he immediately takes his place on the bench for today's FA Cup tie against Manchester City.
With the way midfielders in the United squad have been dropping like flies, clutching various parts of their body and writhing in pain, there's no way that the return of Scholes could be greeted as anything but positive news. Except, of course, by those hoping the club would seek out a long-term solution to their weakness in the center of the pitch.