Rio Ferdinand hopes Paul Scholes decides to extend his stay with Manchester United by another season, having made a significant impact since returning to the fold in January.

The 37-year-old midfielder announced his decision to end his career following United's defeat to Barcelona in the final of the Champions League at Wembley last May, but was coaxed out of retirement by Sir Alex Ferguson earlier this year.

Since the return of Scholes, United have been in fine form indeed, and transformed a five point deficit between them and Manchester City into a five point lead - a dramatic swing in which the midfield maestro featured prominently.

Although United have suffered a relapse in form in recent weeks, they still remain the favourites to retain the title they won last year, and secure an historic 20th league crown.

Ferdinand is well aware of the influence Scholes has had on possibly deciding the destination of the Premier League title, and will attempt to persuade his seasoned teammate to remain at Old Trafford for another season at least.

"Definitely. It would be nice if he could play another season," Ferdinand told manutd.com when asked about the possibility of Scholes extending his stay.

"With Scholesy, though, you know it doesn’t make a difference what anybody else says. He’s his own man and he’ll make his own decision."

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