Ferguson backs Scholes to thrive
Alex Ferguson says Paul Scholes is as fit at 35 as he has been in years.
"If he looks stronger it's possibly because he went through last season without picking up any serious injury," Ferguson said.
"He's done well, because he's had plenty of injuries over the years and been out for three or four-month spells.
"His fitness was great last year, as the season went on he got better and better, and he's carried on the same way. He and Ryan Giggs have yet to miss a training session and we've had 40 since the start of pre-season. I don't know how long he can carry on, but I can't see any real deterioration in his game."
Looking to today's game, the United manager added, "We lost to Burnley last year, as well as Fulham. We were doing OK [in the 3-0 defeat at Craven Cottage] until we went a goal down, then we ended up conceding three.
"Losing at home to Aston Villa for the first time since I came here was hard to take too, and that didn't help, but we were fragile when we went to Fulham last season. If we had drawn that game I think we might have won the league.
"Mark Hughes has got a good experienced squad, and continuity as well. There aren't too many players who have reached the stage of saying this is my last year. Even Danny Murphy is young enough to play for a few seasons yet."