Manchester United 'may have to win every game' says Paul Scholes

 

Paul Scholes admits Manchester United may have to win all of their remaining 12 Barclays Premier League games as they aim to hunt down rivals Manchester City in the race for the title.

United looked to be heading towards a costly draw at Norwich when Grant Holt struck a late equaliser to cancel out Scholes' seventh-minute equaliser.

However, rather than take what they had back up to Old Trafford, United instead immediately went on the offensive, sweeping forwards before Ryan Giggs - on his 900th appearance - eventually stabbed home deep into stoppage-time to spark wild celebrations among the travelling support and probably more than a few curses back in the blue half of Manchester.

Sir Alex Ferguson's men are now still just two points behind leaders City as they prepare for next Sunday's trip to third-placed Tottenham.

Scholes, 37, accepts there will be little margin for error between now and May.

"There is no point drawing games so we were throwing everyone forward going for that goal, and I am sure we will do the same thing again," Scholes told MUTV.

"Of course, three points instead of one is a big difference. That is what we are here to do.

"We realise we may have to win every game to win the league, but we are ready and prepared to do that. Hopefully, we can do it."

United boss Ferguson insists his men will not flinch during the title run-in, with an away clash at City to come on April 30.

"We won't get nervous, that's for sure. We're used to it," the Scot said.

"You saw that when we conceded the goal. How did we react? We started playing. That experience hopefully helps us."

At 38, Giggs continues to produce consistent displays, as does 37-year-old midfielder Scholes, who came out of retirement earlier this season.

Scholes hailed his long-time United team-mate as "amazing".

He said: "Just to play that amount of games for a top club is a great achievement from him and he is still going strong as he proved throughout the game and, thankfully, getting us the winner in the last minute.

"It was almost as if it was written for him really - 900 games is amazing and to do it for one club and Manchester United is even better."

Giggs admitted his wild celebrations in running over to the United supporters showed his desire burns as bright now as it did when he first pulled on the red shirt as a raw teenager.

"To play for such a great team, a great club and the team I have supported and grown up with, it is obviously special to play 900 games," the Welshman said.

"I will keep going and hopefully there's more goals to come."

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