Ferdinand urges Scholes to keep playing

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has stated that he feels team-mate Paul Scholes should continue playing for another season, but knows that the veteran will weigh up his options in the summer.

The ageing midfielder retired last summer, only to return to action in January and spearhead the Red Devils’ title charge.

After impressive performances over the last couple of months, Ferdinand is in no doubt whether or not the 37-year-old should continue playing.

“Definitely,” Ferdinand told The Telegraph when quizzed if Scholes should participate for another campaign.

“It would be nice if he could play another season, but with Scholesy, you know it doesn’t make a difference what anybody else says.

“He’s his own man and he’ll make his own decision.

“There are a number of reasons why we’ve done well since the turn of the year and there’s no doubt that one of them is Paul Scholes.

“It’s not just the quality of his football that impresses me but the way he has adapted physically.

“He was out of the game for months and yet he’s come straight back into top-level football and he’s hardly looked out of place. At this stage of his career, that’s phenomenal,” he admitted.

By Gareth McKnight