Scholes praised by record-chasing Roo
Wayne Rooney says Paul Scholes' return has been the key to their title bid and him closing in on George Best's goals' record at United.
The 26-year-old England international striker has enjoyed another prolific campaign for the Red Devils with his double in Sunday's 4-0 win against Aston Villa taking his overall tally to 178 in the seven-and-a-half years he has spent at Old Trafford.
And, just two more goals will take Rooney above George Best and Dennis Viollet into fourth spot on the list of Manchester United's all-time leading goalscorers behind Sir Bobby Charlton, Denis Law and Jack Rowley.
The former Everton star would like to break the 200 goals barrier and move above the trio in time, but he is currently just focused on ensuring Sir Alex Ferguson's men secure a 20th league championship crown this season.
And Rooney feels he and his United team-mates have Scholes' decision to come out of retirement in January to thank for their current five-point lead over title rivals Manchester City.
"It would be great to equal the record and hopefully surpass them," Rooney told MUTV.
"It would be a great achievement that I would be proud of but I can't really look at that at the minute.
"If it happens then great, hopefully it will before the end of the season, but I'm just concentrating on my game."
On Scholes, Rooney added: "Everyone has seen the quality over the years. It's just fantastic the way he keeps the ball for the team.
"He's a big, important player for us and, hopefully, he'll be here for a while."