Sir Alex Ferguson believes Paul Scholes’ international retirement has benefited the midfielder and is one of the reasons for his superb form this season.
The experienced midfielder, who hung up his boots after Euro 2004 to spend more time with his family, is due to return from suspension at the weekend and Ferguson hopes the break will give Scholes and the title challengers a welcome boost.
“Paul regards family life as very important,” Ferguson told Sky Sports News.
“He knows the travelling with the international team is tremendous and coming to his age, I think he felt it was time to give more time to his family. That is the reason he gave up international football.
“His form this season has been absolutely fantastic and now we are getting him back fresh after a little break.”