Scholes to stay at Manchester United for another season

Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Paul Scholes is to remain at Manchester United for another year after coming out of retirement in January, the BBC has reported, amid rumours the midfielder is considering a return to the England set-up for Euro 2012.

Scholes originally retired at the end of last season and worked a little with the United youth sides in the interim, before a spate of injuries and a desire to return to playing led to the 37-year-old returning to the United squad. Scholes’ first match back came against Manchester City in the FA Cup and the midfielder went on to make 20 appearances – 14 starts – and scored four goals, and was voted third in the Footballer of the Year reckoning.

Ferguson professed his pleasure at Scholes’ decision to carry on for another year. He said: “I am delighted. He knew he had made a mistake. He now realises if he plays 25 or 30 games next season, they will be of real quality.” Ferguson added that he thought Scholes would play one more season and then retire permanently.

The BBC notes however that there have been reports the new England manager Roy Hodgson has attempted to bring Scholes out of his self-imposed international exile, with a view to including him in the squad for Euro 2012. Scholes originally stepped back from the national team in 2004.

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