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21/12/2012 10:40

Papers: End of an era?

The Daily Mail's Ian Ladyman writes... 

End of an era: Scholes, Giggs, Rio head for exit
Paul Scholes plans to retire once and for all at the end of this season as Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson prepares for another summer shake-up at Old Trafford. United midfielder Scholes has told friends that he intends to bow out in May and that this time he will not be back. Ferguson is also facing up to the probability that another veteran, Ryan Giggs, will leave his one and only club this summer, and the manager is aware that defender Rio Ferdinand has yet to indicate publicly whether he wishes to extend his contract. With captain Nemanja Vidic also struggling of late with knee problems, Ferguson has already started to look at ways of freshening up his squad. Recently, for example, Ferguson sent scouts to watch £15million-rated Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay play for Portuguese club Benfica in games against Sporting Lisbon and Olhanense. He has also been looking closely at Molde's Norwegian international centre back Vegard Forren.

In the transfer rumour stakes, The Sun claims United are after Benfica defender Ezequiel Garay, while The Mail says United face competition for Porto midfielder Hector Herrera, who is attracting interest from France.

Meanwhile, the Mail reports that Ryan Giggs is taking swimming lessons in order to take part in triathlons when his playing career ends.

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