Football: Man Utd can reach Champions League final, insists former midfielder Scholes

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes at Jalan Besar Stadium on March 21, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM CP
Manchester United legend Paul Scholes at Jalan Besar Stadium on March 21, 2014. -- ST PHOTO: KEVIN LIM CP

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes has tipped his former side to build on their stunning comeback against Olympiakos and go all the way in the Uefa Champions League.

A Robin van Persie hat-trick on Wednesday helped the ailing English champions reverse a two-goal deficit against the Greek outfit to progress to the quarter-finals of the elite European club competition.

"For some reason, the team's best performances have come in the Champions League - if they play like they did on Wednesday, I don't see why they can't reach the final," Scholes, 39, told reporters after conducting a training session for 40 youngsters at Jalan Besar Stadium on Friday morning.

"It's been a difficult season so far, but getting to the final of the Champions League would make for a good ending."

The former England international retired last year after clocking over 700 appearances for the Red Devils, taking home 11 Premier League titles and two European crowns.

Even as the club languish in seventh spot in the league, 18 points behind leaders Chelsea, Scholes defended beleaguered manager David Moyes, who has reportedly lost the support of certain sections of United supporters and officials.

"He's had a lot of injuries to cope with so I feel quite sorry for him," said the midfield maestro, who is in town as part of furniture store Courts' 40th anniversary celerations.

Fans of the 'ginger-haired genius' can catch him at Courts Megastore in Tampines at 9.30am on Saturday.

Register here to get free digital access to The Straits Times until Aug 9, 2015.
Comments