does get to you and I was training with the reserves and feeling good and at the time the first-team were struggling really. They had no fit midfield players playing. That’s when I spoke to you [Gary Neville] and Phil and I thought I might as well give it a go and go and see [Sir Alex].
“But now it’s definitely the right time. It’s not been the season that I would have liked to have gone out on but that’s just the way it is. I think there’s probably one of two ways you can finish somewhere; near the top when you’re contributing every week or there was always something in me that thought shall I just go on playing until I can’t play anymore? There’s a chance your performances are going to suffer but at least in your mind you know you’ve done everything physically possible to go as long as you can and that’s what I have done now.
“Performance wise it’s not been a season I’ll remember for that, I know now in my head that I’ve gone as far as I possibly can physically. “The last four months have been quite difficult with injury, with my knee, trying to get back fit again. I’ve managed to try and get fit for the last couple of games but this will be the end…. Again!”
With that, Scholes will attempt to drift off into the night. Asked if he’ll be out celebrating on Sunday night, he said: “I’ll probably just go home. We’ve got a busy week next week. The parade, we’ve got the awards dinner so a nice quiet one I would have