Ferguson confirms Scholes deal

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Sir Alex Ferguson has confirmed that Paul Scholes will extend his Manchester United career for another season, after agreeing a new contract with the club.

Scholes retired a year ago following United's 3-1 defeat to Barcelona in the final of the Champions League at Wembley, but was persuaded to reverse his decision in January.

The 37-year-old made his return in the FA Cup defeat of Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium, and played a further 20 times until the end of the season.

United's sustained period of fine form between the end of January and the start of April was attributed to the influence of Scholes, and his performances were enough to see the midfielder finished third in the FWA Awards.

Naturally, Ferguson has been desperate to retain the services of Scholes for yet another year, and has managed to persuade him to remain at Old Trafford.

"It has been done. [Scholes] is staying," Ferguson told MUTV.

"Obviously next season will definitely be Ryan Giggs' and Paul Scholes' last season, although I'm not so sure about Ryan because he defies age. But for Paul it will probably be his last year."

Scholes will break the 700 appearance barrier for United next term, becoming only the third player to do so after Sir Bobby Charlton and Ryan Giggs.

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