FOOTBALL NEWS

21/12/2012 12:45, Report by Adam Marshall

Boss denies Scholes talk

Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed newspaper speculation that Paul Scholes has already decided to quit at the end of the season.

The reports claimed the midfielder had told friends he was hanging up his boots - for good this time - after coming out of retirement last term.

The manager is sceptical about the rumours as he has yet to have his own conversation on the subject with the veteran playmaker.

"It's interesting that as Scholesy says very little so I'm surprised if he spoke to some pal before he spoke to me, which he hasn't done," said Sir Alex at his weekly press conference. "So you can dismiss that."

The manager also responded to the suggestion that Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand will also depart next summer. 

"I think Giggs can play for another year or two years and Rio's form has been fantastic," he opined. "It's that type of speculation you expect with people on one-year contracts but I wouldn't give it too much credence."

OFFICIAL PARTNERS

Premier League