Scholes started the game against Everton but missed out against Fulham and was used as a sub for the final 30 minutes against Southampton.
Although his age is a factor, Scholes faces a battle for his place in the team but he isn’t the only one. Wayne Rooney’s place in the team was usurped by new signing Robin Van Persie whilst the striker’s arrival will also have an effect on the playing time of both Javier Hernandez and Danny Welbeck.
But Scholes isn’t worried, instead he welcomes the competition as he feels it will only be to the benefit of the team as every player will be on their toes, trying to ensure they aren’t the next player to find their place taken by a team mate:
“You always like to see new players come in even if they’re in your position because it’s healthy for the team and exciting to play with the new players.
“We’ve got strength everywhere in the squad.
“We’ve struggled with injuries to defenders, but when we have everyone fit there are two teams that the manager has available to him that could compete in the Premier League and cup competitions.
“As players, we know when we get given our chance we have to take it. If you don’t, you’ll be out of the team, simple as that.”