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

still can't see the Phil Jones thing that some people go on about. Whenever I watch him play it's a repeat of headless chicken meets a gurning Bambi on ice for 90 minutes.

diabolicaldiaby
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

P

robably the first list I've come across in a long time where I agree with a large majority of what was written. Can't agree with everything though, Zaba has had an awful season by his standards, I'd put Monreal (a player who I've never rated) up there, gotta give credit where it's due, he's really stepped up his game.

scroteymcbooger
F365's Top Ten Defenders Of The Season

S

ome top analysis here..... UNITED WOULD BE TOP IF IT WEREN'T FOR ALL THEM GAMES THEY LOST

benvo81
United Progress Stifled By Bottom-Half Record

Footer 365

Swansea's Bafetimbi Gomis could return from injury against Arsenal

Swansea striker Bafetimbi Gomis could return to action against Arsenal after nearly a month on the sidelines.

Juventus 2-1 Real Madrid: Carlos Tevez penalty hands Juve first-leg lead

Juventus will take a narrow lead into their Champions League semi-final second leg with Real Madrid after a 2-1 win in Turin.

Newcastle captain Fabricio Coloccini says sorry to supporters

Newcastle United captain Fabricio Coloccini has written a letter to fans apologising for recent poor results.

Mail Box

How Is Coutinho Rated Above Cazorla?

We have a mailbox packed full of views on Santi Cazorla, what Arsenal and United need this summer, the idiocy of St Totteringham's Day and rather a lot more...

Arsenal Need Three. These Three...

One mailboxer has the realistic answers to Arsenal's summer transfer needs. We also have plenty more on Newcastle fans, handballs, Chelsea selling and Johnny...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company