21 May 2011

Fergie thinks Scholes will stay

6:56 am on 21 May 2011

The Manchester United football manager Alex Ferguson thinks he has persuaded 36-year-old midfielder Paul Scholes to delay his retirement plans for another year.

Scholes helped United win a record 19th Premier League title last weekend, coming on as a substitute in the 1-1 draw at Blackburn Rovers, and the club has been keen for him to stay on.

Asked whether Monday's last league match of the season against Blackpool would be Scholes' last at Old Trafford, Ferguson told a news conference, he didn't t think so.

United chief executive David Gill had said last week that the club were unsure whether Scholes would follow 37-year-old midfielder Ryan Giggs in signing a new one-year deal.

Scholes has previously spoken of his frustration of becoming a bit part player at the club where he has spent his entire career but he has nevertheless featured in some key matches this term as United booked their place in the Champions League final.

While he is unlikely to get more than a bench place for the May the 28th Champions League final against Barcelona at Wembley, he has another match to look forward to where he will get the chance to relive some of his best days.

He will take to the field with the likes of David Beckham, Nicky Butt, Phil Neville and other members of United's "class of 92" crop of successful youngsters for Gary Neville's testimonial against Juventus on Wednesday.