As speculation mounts that Paul Scholes is ready to bring the curtain down on his illustrious Manchester United career, Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he has attempted to convince the 36-year-old to further extend his stay.
The United boss has already confirmed that Scholes will start against Blackpool on Sunday and he still remains hopeful the midfielder's 675th appearance won't be his last.
"I don't think this will be his last game," said Ferguson.
"We have discussed it and I have encouraged him to stay on for another year. We'll talk at the end of the season."
Despite the influence of Ferguson, it would appear that retirement is very much on the agenda for Scholes with a testimonial at Old Trafford already pencilled in for August.
Also, in previous seasons, Scholes has pledged himself to a further season by April at the latest, which could be another ominous sign.
A 'favourite' player of Sir Bobby Charlton, Scholes will go down in the United annals as one of the all-time greats to pull on the famous red jersey, with ten league titles and two - or perhaps three - Champions League winner's medals.
Scholes himself is keeping his cards close to his chest. "I have to be happy with the way I am playing," said the United legend..
"You get to a point in your career when you have to realise why you are in the squad. Last season the manager felt it was best for me to be involved in away games and I agreed with him.
"This season, I felt great until I injured my groin against Rangers in November and I have struggled a little bit since."