Scholes ready to return

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Paul Scholes is ready to return to action for Manchester United, two months after suffering knee ligament damage that required corrective surgery.

Ferguson told United Review that Scholes would probably feature in Wednesday's League Cup clash with Blackburn at Old Trafford.

"He is on the verge of playing again following his operation," the United manager said. "He is training well and chomping at the bit to get started.

"A place on the bench with perhaps a few minutes' pitch time could be good for him. We will see how things go."

Barring any setbacks, a cameo role on Wednesday could clear Scholes to start in Saturday's Premier League meeting with Sunderland, also at Old Trafford.