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ENGLAND - Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he had to talk Paul Scholes, pictured, out of retiring at the end of the season.
Scholes had hinted that he may be ready to hang up his boots after being used less frequently by Ferguson this term.
But Ferguson made it clear to the 35-year-old midfielder that he still had a major role to play in United's plans, even if his age meant he was no longer as fit as he had been in his youth.
Scholes, who has won nine league titles with United, eventually responded to Ferguson's pleas by signing a one-year contract extension and has emerged as a significant force in recent weeks, as his late winner at Manchester City proved last month.
"I did speak to him," Ferguson told Inside United magazine.
"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'." - Sapa-AFP