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Paul Scholes set to return to Manchester United for another year alongside Ryan Giggs

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Ryan Giggs just recently signed yet another one-year extension with Manchester United as the veteran midfielder is in line to make his 900th appearance for the Red Devils in his next match.

However, Giggs is not the only veteran Red Devil that is looking to return for another year as recently out of retirement teammate, Paul Scholes looks set to follow in the footsteps of his old friend.

At the end of the 2010-11 season Scholes retired from the game of football on a high note with Manchester United having won another English Premier League title and enjoyed leaving with the club on the up.

But that feeling of being on top quickly faded as a blistering start out of the blocks for United turned sour as injury after injury ate into the club until they were nearly threadbare for players having to pick youngsters from the reserves to try and fill gaps.

It was at that point that Paul Scholes chose to return to the club after a brief retirement of only a few months.

He returned with a bang as out of the gates scoring on his English Premier League return debut against Bolton Wanderers in United’s 3-0 victory and made a total of seven appearances between the League and the FA Cup before the club was eliminated from the competition by Liverpool.

According to statistics compiled by The Sun, since returning Scholes has managed an 82% pass completion rating with his distance coverage per game ranked next to that of Ryan Giggs and Michael Carrick.

Giggs himself commented to The Sun about retirement and not going out to soon like he believed his friend Scholes did:

“When to retire is difficult. Do you quit too early or go that one too many games and let people see you on the slide?

“Retirement is just a decision that I have to take my time with because I feel different after each game.

“Scholesy was missing it and it’s no secret that me, Gary Neville and a few other people felt that he had finished too early but who were we to know?

“We wanted him to carry on but he’d made his decision quite early and it was probably too early, which I think he accepts now.

“Who knows? Maybe he’ll carry on next year.”

The Daily Mail claims that Scholes is on the verge of signing a one-year extension that would see the 38-year-old spend another season with the Red Devils, but the player has also hinted at a possibility of returning to the England squad.

Ryan Giggs likewise has commented on that same return to the English National team for the 2012 Summer Olympics that are to be held in London:

“I haven’t thought about the Olympics too much but nearer the time, I am obviously going to have to.

“First of all, I have to get picked — there are a lot of players vying for 20-odd spots.

“Then there is another obstacle: will it affect Wales in the future?

“If it does, then it will be an easy decision for me to make.

“If it comes to the time when the likes of myself, Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey are picked, it is something we will have to speak to the FAW about.”

Whatever comes of it the veteran pair of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs are a class act for Manchester United and the World of Football.


About thomasatzenhoffer

Thomas is a freelance sports writer and blogger from Greenville, South Carolina. He maintains The Daily Atz on Facebook, and you can follow him on twitter@thedailyatz for news from Liverpool FC, and the world of soccer. He is a Bleacher Report Featured Columnist on Liverpool FC and World Football and publishes daily throughout the week on rumors, speculation, match previews, analysis, and special interest pieces. His education and life experiences have helped him to get to where he is today, along with his amazingly supportive fiance. Thomas holds a bachelors of science in both History and Entrepreneurial Business from Western Carolina University. Adding to his writing topics and experience he has also consulted on many green energy and business development projects, and writes articles for the HVAC, alternative energy and business fields.


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