Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is delighted with the form of Paul Scholes ahead of tonight's clash with Roma.

Scholes has regained top form after a three-and-a-half-month absence with a knee injury and was influential in Rome.

Asked if the unassuming midfielder would be handed the armband, Ferguson quipped: "Paul would regard that as punishment!

He added: "It took him a few weeks to get his rhythm back but now his form is fantastic."