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Last Updated: Sunday, 7 January 2007, 09:57 GMT
Ferguson tips Scholes for award
Paul Scholes
Scholes has been in sparkling form in Man Utd's midfield
Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson believes midfielder Paul Scholes is an early contender for the Footballer of the Year award.

Blurred vision led to the 32-year-old missing much of last season but Scholes has returned to top form during the current campaign.

"He's scored five goals this season and that is up with the best of them in the country in that role," said Ferguson.

"His football brain and the football he produces at times is marvellous."

Ferguson added: "It would be great for him to be rewarded."

Then there is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He will get 15 goals for us this season if he stays fit

Man Utd boss Sir Alex Ferguson

The Old Trafford boss has hinted he will make two new signings in the transfer window but insists he is pleased with his current squad.

"I am happy with what I have, " confirmed Ferguson, who has been linked with England and Bayern Munich midfielder Owen Hargreaves.

"The players are improving. They are good professionals and train well. You expect to see an improvement when they are at a young age.

"We have lot of cover as well, if you look at our back four positions. I am OK there and we have reasonable cover in midfield.

"Up front, we have brought in Henrik Larsson and that is a bonus. Then there is Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. He will get 15 goals for us this season if he stays fit."

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