Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has heaped praise on Paul Scholes, and insists the midfielder could play on for another season if he wants too.

The former England international midfielder retired in the summer of 2011, but came back in January this year to help the Red Devils in their fight for the title.

Whilst United fell just short to local rivals Manchester City in the Premier League, Scholes was a revelation for the runners-up, and continues to shine when called upon.

Indeed, Ferguson believes the 38-year-old remains the best passer in the country, and will know himself if he should sign a new contract at Old Trafford.

"It is not a time to make a judgment on that. Paul will know himself. He still has the desire to play. That has not stopped,” said the Manchester United manager, according to Sky Sports.

"He is still the best passer of the ball in the country. It is amazing. He has had one or two injuries over the years, quit last summer and came back. He made a fantastic contribution in the second half of the season and I just think he should keep doing what he is doing. He will sort the rest out himself."

Scholes is in contention to start for Manchester United at Norwich this afternoon, after the veteran central midfielder helped engineer a dramatic turnaround against Aston Villa last weekend.

Another club legend, Ryan Giggs, helped United claim all three points last season against the Canaries, scoring a last minute winner at Carrow Road.

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