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Last Updated: Wednesday, 8 August 2007, 21:16 GMT 22:16 UK
Man Utd boosted by Scholes return
Paul Scholes
Scholes was a major doubt for the start of the season
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has made a quicker return to fitness than expected after playing in the 4-0 friendly win over Dunfermline.

Scholes, 32, was injured during a pre-season game against FC Seoul in United's Asia tour and returned to England for exploratory knee operation.

But Scholes was in a strong United team at East End Park, that also included Owen Hargreaves and Ryan Giggs.

Scholes' involvement means he could play against Reading on Sunday.

United coach Mike Phelan said: "Paul has worked really hard, his injury is fine and he's in contention for the weekend."

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Another United XI, including new signings Anderson and Nani, ran out 3-0 winners against Glentoran in Belfast on Wednesday.

Cristiano Ronaldo was not included in either squad but the winger is expected to shake off a minor ankle knock in time for United's Premier League opener.

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