Rio Ferdinand wants Paul Scholes to stay

Rio begs Scholes to stay as legend considers second retirement

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11:56 GMT, 26 April 2012

Rio Ferdinand has urged team-mate Paul Scholes to put any retirement plans on hold for one more season.

Scholes returned to the fold in January after retiring last summer and since his comeback has excelled in the heart of the Manchester United midfield.

Ferdinand, 33, said he would love it if the 37-year-old would refrain from hanging up his boots for the second time for a further year.

Turnaround: Paul Scholes has transformed Manchester United since his return

Turnaround: Paul Scholes has transformed Manchester United since his return

Asked if he would attempt to persuade Scholes to stay, Ferdinand said: 'Definitely. It would be nice if he could play another season.

'With Scholesy, though, you know it doesn’t make a difference what anybody else says. He’s his own man and he’ll make his own decision.'

Ferdinand added: 'He was out of the game for months and yet he’s come straight back into top-level football and he’s hardly looked out of place. At this stage of his career, that’s phenomenal.

'It’s not just the quality of his football that impresses me but the way he’s adapted physically. Would we have been in the same position without him

Please: Rio Ferdinand wants his team-mate to stay for another season

Please: Rio Ferdinand wants his team-mate to stay for another season

'It’s impossible to say. It’s great to have him back, though.

'There are a number of reasons why we’ve done well since the turn of the year and there’s no doubt that one of them is Paul Scholes.'

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini said United bringing Scholes back was an act of desperation, but if it was, it worked, with Sir Alex Ferguson's side only dropping four points from the 13 league games Scholes has played since his return.