Scholes happy to slip away

Paul Scholes says he was happy for his retirement to slip under the radar on the day when Sir Alex Ferguson also made his farewell appearance at Old Trafford.

Last Updated: 12/05/13 at 16:38 Post Comment

Paul Scholes: Farewell overshadowed by Sir Alex Ferguson's Old Trafford send

Paul Scholes: Farewell overshadowed by Sir Alex Ferguson's Old Trafford send

The Manchester United midfielder announced his retirement for a second time on Saturday, having ended a six-month hiatus when he agreed to resume his career in January 2012.

Scholes is notoriously media-shy and admitted Ferguson's announcement of his retirement plus continued speculation about Wayne Rooney's future had given him the perfect opportunity to slip out of the game with little fuss.

"It couldn't be any better could it?" said the 38-year-old. "(The speculation of) Wayne Rooney asking for a transfer - there's not much else that can go well for me.

"Yeah, it's the perfect weekend for me. (My) last game and I will just slip under the radar and off I go."

Scholes has made just a handful of appearances this year following a knee injury in January and said that had contributed to his decision to retire - and this time he insists it is a decision he will not reverse.

"I think this is it. I'm sure this is it," Scholes said. "It's probably not the season I would have liked to go out on but the last four months have been quite difficult with injury, with my knee and trying to get back fit again.

"I'm totally convinced. I was convinced last time to be honest with you. At the time you are but I know now in my head that I have gone as far as I possibly can physically. This is the end. Again."

Scholes also revealed he is unsure what the future holds for him, following Ferguson's departure from Old Trafford.

"The manager wanted me to be on the coaching side but it's going to be a different manager," he said. "I don't know what the new manager will want.

"But yeah, I would like to be in charge of my own team and in charge of my own players and try and make a team play the way I like football to be played."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

put Ince in my fantasy football team, so it's no surprise at all really. I do that to players. Also responsible for De Jong and Upson being injured. Think I'll transfer in Di Maria just to ruin United....

megabrow (cufc)
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

L

ovren? £20m always seemed a touch on the expensive side, but I wasn't expecting him to be quite such a waste of money

stevenjameshyde
F365's Top Ten Surprise Strugglers

H

alf of our players have the physical presence of a 14 year old girl. I don't know why people are always shocked that they're injured.

TheWhiz
Wenger baffled by injuries

Footer 365

Sky Bet Championship: Fulham thump Bolton, Huddersfield win at Wolves, Leeds held

Fulham thrashed Bolton 4-0 in the Championship, while Huddersfield won at Molineux to deny Wolves top spot.

Premier League: Sunderland boss Gus Poyet delighted Lee Cattermole stayed at club

Gus Poyet believes keeping Lee Cattermole was the best transfer decision he has made while at Sunderland.

Champions League: Liverpool out of sorts in 1-0 defeat at FC Basel

Liverpool paid the price for a disjointed performance as they fell to a 1-0 defeat to FC Basel in the Champions League.

Mail Box

It Was Better When City Were Rubbish

'I think I preferred it when we were s**t' says one City fan in the afternoon mailbox. There's a decent chat about the empty seats plus views on Liverpool and Roma...

Do City Really Need To Expand Their Stadium?

That's the question posed by one Man United fan in the mailbox after seeing the empty seats at the Etihad last night. Sadly, there isn't a single mail from a City supporter...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property