Giggs keen on Scholes stay

United midfielder urges fellow veteran to continue

Scholes and Giggs: Veteran duo

Manchester United ace Ryan Giggs is keen for fellow veteran Paul Scholes to continue his career beyond the end of the season.

"With the experience he has got and the quality he has got you want that around the place for as long as possible."

Ryan Giggs.

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Former England international Scholes suggested last week that he could consider his future in the summer after questioning his contribution to the team.

The 35-year-old is no longer a regular in Sir Alex Ferguson's midfield with the Red Devils boss regularly rotating his squad as they compete on numerous fronts.

But Scholes continues to play a key role for the champions as he and Giggs were instrumental in Saturday's 4-0 romp against West Ham at Upton Park.

And 36-year-old Giggs would be loathe to see a player of Scholes' ability hang up his boots in the summer and does not want his team-mate to rush into a decision.

"It is totally up to Scholesy. It all depends on how you feel and it is the same with me," Giggs told the Manchester Evening News.

"It is still fairly early in the season. It is the middle of the campaign and not at the end and I feel good at the moment. I am sure Scholesy feels the same.

"With the experience he has got and the quality he has got you want that around the place for as long as possible."

Great player

Scholes took his Premier League goals tally to 99 with a superb strike against the Hammers, with Giggs having brought up his century in the 4-1 success at Portsmouth the previous weekend.

The Welshman has become accustomed to being more of a bit-part player for the Old Trafford giants and has urged Scholes to accept that the days of being in the starting XI every week have gone.

"We all want to play every game and Paul is no different," he added. "He wants to play every week but with the squad we have got that is impossible. It is difficult at times when you go two or three weeks without a game and internationals come along and you are not involved in those as well. It is difficult to get back into the rhythm of it.

"You have to adapt to not playing every week but I have probably been doing it for the past three or four years so I have got used to it. Scholesy isn't used to it the same. But I am more of a dynamic player than Scholesy so perhaps I need more breaks.

"He can still get forward or sit in front of the back four and control the game. I can also play a number of positions but he is just the centre of midfield so it is more difficult to play every week.

"So all this not playing regularly is new to him. But he'll adapt to it as he has been proving.

"Saturday was what Scholesy is all about - controlling the game. He never gives the ball away. His passing range is the best in the game whether it is five yards or 45 yards he is capable of doing both.

"Paul is showing over the last couple of weeks just what a great player he still is."