Ferguson plans huge Man Utd clean out

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Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is reportedly set to make a record clean out at Old Trafford, with retiring and contract-less players on the out to make room for new and younger blood.

Manchester United chief executive David Gill says there will be movement in the United squad in the summer, with some big name players planning exits.

We've got some major decisions to make over the summer," Gill told the BBC.

"We've go to replace Edwin [van der Sar], Gary Neville has also retired, we don't know what Paul Scholes is going to do.


“He may well want to retire at the end of the season - though we are very much prepared and happy to offer him a further year.

"So without doubt there is going to be some activity in some key areas of the club and we have been preparing for that.”

Gill insists that the Manchester United administration and Ferguson have been planning for the past year for some big changes in the United line up.

"It is not like we are going to start now - we've been preparing for that for the past 12 months and we will see what we can achieve in the summer,” Gill said.

And the Manchester United chief executive also hinted that Paul Scholes is on the out at Old Trafford, with the legend making 465 appearances for the club over 17 years.

"It wouldn't surprise us if Paul retired," Gill said.

"We are enjoying the success we are having, so at the end of the season, he will have a conversation with Sir Alex about that.

"I am sure he will let us know his decision and we will respect it.

"He has been a brilliant player for many years. It is interesting that while Ryan [Giggs] got his 12th title yesterday, that was Paul's 10th.

"It shows what he has achieved for us and what an absolutely fantastic player he has been."

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