Alex Ferguson tried to get Paul Scholes to continue playing according to the player himself.

The Manchester United midfielder called time on a seventeen year career at Old Trafford when the 2011 season came to a close.

Scholes was a one club man having spent his entire career, including his youth days, at Manchester United.

And while Ferguson tried to persuade Scholes to prolong his playing career he admits that it was not difficult to turn him down.

Speaking to The Sun Scholes said: I've had a lot of good years. I always felt I'd know when the time was right to call it a day and this year I felt it was.

"I made the decision. The manager felt I could do 15 or 20 games next season but I just felt the time was right. You can't go on for ever."

"It wasn't hard to turn him down, I know how my body had felt. I wasn't feeling great in training or the games towards the end of the season.

"You're at a top club with the best players and you just have to realise your legs can't do what you want them to do.

"If you're going to be a part of this club you have to be available from the beginning and to be able to last 90 minutes.

"When I was starting games I didn't feel great. The best I felt was when I was playing the last 15 or 20 minutes and really that's not right."

Later this summer a testimonial match will be played for Scholes where United will play the  New York Cosmos.

FemaleFirst Helen Earnshaw


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