Sir Alex Ferguson has called for Paul Scholes to commit to playing one more year for Manchester United. The former England international has been an integral part of the first team since 1994 but is said to doubt the sort of impact he can now have on the team.
Scholes, who is notoriously shy will probably want to wait until the end of the season, before quietly sliding off into retirement without a fuss being made.
With both Gary Neville and Edwin van der Saar retiring this season, Ferguson is hoping Scholes looks to Ryan Giggs, who has signed for another year.
United’s current injury crisis means Ferguson will start Scholes in Marseille, but the midfielder, once described by Zidane as the most complete footballer of his generation, wants to play week in week out.
“I am more than hopeful about Paul signing another contract,” said Ferguson.
“I think he should. His fitness isn’t in question. I think Paul feels he has to play all the games.
“It is not a bad thing to be that way but at his age, that is impossible. But he can still play a big part for Manchester United, this season and next.”
Ferguson is looking forward to a difficult part of the season, and despite losing Rio Ferdinand, Ryan Giggs, Park Ji Sung and Anderson to the treatment room, Ferguson was optimistic that his side would succeed.
“We have an important few weeks coming, there is no question about that,” he added.
“We are just starting four away games on the run, which is a great challenge for us.
“They are all fantastic matches but it is a time we should enjoy. They are big games and in that situation, the players don’t let us down often.