Scholes set to carry on

Ferguson feels he has encouraged midfielder to play one more season

Scholes: Has been encouraged by Ferguson to extend his playing career for one more season

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Sir Alex Ferguson has suggested Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is ready to extend his playing career for one more season.

Scholes is approaching the end of his glittering career and there had been claims that the former England international was ready to retire in the summer.

United chief executive David Gill revealed last week that there was a chance the 36-year-old would opt to hang up his boots at the end of the campaign.

However, ahead of the newly-crowned Premier League champions' game against Blackpool on Sunday, Ferguson hinted that Scholes will delay his retirement.

A new 12-month contract has yet to be agreed with the tigerish schemer, but Ferguson is optimistic he has encouraged Scholes to carry on.

Encouraged

"I don't think this will be his last game," said the United boss ahead of Blackpool's visit.

"We have discussed it and I have encouraged him to stay on for another year.

"We'll talk at the end of the season."

Scholes has spent his entire career at Old Trafford and has scored 150 goals in 674 appearances for the Red Devils.

He has been part of 10 title-winning teams and, after missing the 1999 UEFA Champions League final success over Bayern Munich, was part of the side which overcame domestic rivals Chelsea in a penalty shoot-out in Moscow in 2008.