It wasn't so much that Spurs contained Scholes better in the first half, I felt it was that they had more possession and Scholes was occupied with trying to contain them and the strong runs through the middle. With Rooney on in the second-half we attacked with intent and had more possession. Subsequently, Spurs became more compact and Scholes could sit-deep and move into the middle to move the ball around. If the midfield around him had featured the energy of Cleverly, Anderson, Fletcher (heck maybe even Powell) instead of Carrick and Giggs then i'm willing to bet we would not have been so overrun for the first 45 minutes. By Fergie's own admission, it takes Carrick 'until Nov/Dec to get going', so why he continually sticks with him is beyond me.