Manchester United legend Paul Scholes says Sir Alex Ferguson attempted to delay his retirement by another season.
The 36-year-old made the decision to hand up his boots at the end of the season after winning a 10th league title with United.
But despite Scholes being certain that he couldn't survive another season, the Old Trafford stalwart has revealed Ferguson tried to tempt into playing on for another year.
"I was struggling a little bit in my legs even with training and playing games, they didn't feel great and I just felt the time was right," Scholes told Sky Sports News.
When asked if Ferguson tried to sway his decision, he said: "Not really no - he did say that he felt I had ten, 15 maybe 20 games in me next season and he'd like me to stay.
"But I just told him I wasn't feeling great and I'll think about it again and I'll get back to him towards the end of the season which I did do.
"I know realistically that I wouldn't be playing 40 to 50 games anyway at this stage of my career," he added.
"Like I say, I just felt the time was right. I'm someone who likes to think that they can contribute every week and I think as a midfield player for this club you need to be doing everything - you need to be scoring goals, you need to be making goals and you need to be giving everything in defence as well.
"So I just felt it was the right time and I wasn't contributing as much as I think a midfield player for this club should be."