Manchester United seem set on showing the world what happens when you put your faith in players for several years rather than several weeks. Take Ryan Giggs, a player many regard as one of the finest players ever to grace football and one most English men wish was born here instead of Wales.
Take Gary Neville too: quite clearly a lunatic, but painfully one of the best defenders England has had in a long time.
Now take Paul Scholes. He turned down the chance to come back into the England fold over the summer, and quite rightly so. Many thought last campaign would be his last, but here he is again, rolling back the years spectacularly. The Charity Shield and Newcastle games show there’s life in this old dog yet. Although he never did quite learn how to tackle.
So is it time players settled down and play at a club for more than a season? Or did sir Alex really just find three of the best players ever to grace the Premier League?
See Scholes’ best bits below.