In a busy week that has seen the magnificent and timeless Ryan Giggs sign a one-year extension to his contract with Manchester United, Sir Alex Ferguson has also confirmed that Rio Ferdinand is likely to follow suit before the end of the season.
This news is sure to be extremely pleasing for United fans across the world, with both players now being viewed as club legends for their continued loyalty, dedication and hard work that has enabled them to continue their on-field masterclasses for Ferguson's side well into their 30s.
With the short-term futures of two of United’s legends secured, many may be left wondering where the future for dynamic midfield magician Paul Scholes lies.
The veteran Englishman has already made one comeback to United’s first-team having retired at the end of the 2011 season, and ever since has produced some enthralling displays.
However, with Scholes' current deal also coming to an end in June this year, it seems ever more likely that the maestro will be retiring from professional football for good and Ferguson's lack of comment on this situation could be a telling sign.
In spite of the ambiguity that surrounds Scholes' future as a Manchester United player, fans can be safe in the knowledge that he will not be going far, even if the sublime midfielder does chose to finally hang up his boots once and for all.
Speaking of Paul Scholes and his midfield partner Ryan Giggs this week, Ferguson confirmed that both will continue to contribute to the club well beyond their eventual retirements .
"Those two will join my technical staff," Ferguson told reporters.
"Everything is ready for that.
"I do not want to put pressure on them and I think, for my direct successor, it must be a coach with experience. They (Giggs and Scholes) must start with youth players, reserves."
"They have time, though. In 10 years, we'll see where they are. Both are intelligent, determined workers. They will be with us. I see them integrated in the staff, just like Gerd Muller and Sepp Maier at Bayern Munich."
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