Date: 4th May 2010 at 5:51pm
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A United squad without Paul Scholes in would be a strange thing to envisage.

But, it transpires that Paul, who famously doesn`t court interviews, wanted to walk away from football after this Sunday`s finale against Stoke.

It appears it took the wit and wisdom of Sir Alex to persuade Paul that he had a minimum of another year in his legs.

Fergie takes up the story,

“I did speak to him.'”

“He’d intimated that he may retire at the end of the season.”

“I said, ‘I’ll decide when you retire…..look, Paul, you can play there’s no question of that. Your ability’s there, there’s no deterioration in your actual play.”

“When you get to his age, and the same goes for Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, there’s a deterioration in the physical aspect of it. That’s natural. We all face that. But in terms of his ability, there’s no deterioration whatsoever.”

“In fact, Paul’s every bit as good, if not even better, because the experience he’s added to the ability he’s got means he’s a big asset to us – as he was against City. He helped to control the match.”


It looks like Sir Alex has pulled it out of the bag again!

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