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After his team-mates Rooney and Berbatov praised him earlier today, his manager has added his voice to the chorus of regard directed at one of Manchester United's more modest midfielders.

Paul Scholes is not known for talking. Instead, the Manchester United midfielder has, throughout a long and distinguished career, preferred to express himself through his actions on the park.

However, there is currently plenty of talking going on about the Salford-born former England international, with Wayne Rooney and Dimitar Berbatov hailing the unassuming Scholes' contributions to what could be an almost incredible season for the Red Devils.

Now his manager Sir Alex Ferguson has chosen to add his voice to the praise flowing in Scholes' direction by expressing his pride in the midfielder's continuing excellence.

Scholes scored United's openeer in their 3-0 victory over Fulham at Old Trafford last night, netting with a trademark volley after Cottagers' goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer fumbled his effort.

"Paul tries that in training every day. He usually tries to hit me," Ferguson joked to The Manchester Evening News.

"He was fantastic. Some of his switches of play were magnificent.

"These lads are great examples to young players in how they live their life. They have kept their ambition, which is important. We are delighted with their performance and are so proud to have them here."

Ferguson also felt that Chelsea's title challenge was finished now, although he stopped short of completely writing them off, but pointed to the size of United's squad as his biggest reason for domestic optimisim this campaign.

"You can never be dead sure, but it is fair to say Chelsea have an uphill fight now," he said.

"Things can happen. We were 12 points clear of Arsenal in 1998 but we got a lot of injuries and lost the league. Now we can cope with it, like we have done in the last few weeks.

"That is the change at this club. We have such a big squad we can make changes."

Zack Wilson, Goal.com

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