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United trio set for Old Trafford exit

Akshy Sridhar
ANALYST
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1.48K   //    21 Dec 2012, 14:21 IST

If reports are to be believed, veterans Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand may leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

Midfielder Paul Scholes might retire from the game once and for all this summer as he has told his friends that he has decided to bow out and has no comeback plans this time.

The 38-year-old retired at the end of the 2010-11 season and returned to the club in January this year. He has played 13 times so far and was persuaded by Sir Alex Ferguson to stay on for this season.

However, he seems to believe that his influence in the field has come down and he might not be able to hold on for another season. It remains to be seen whether Fergie can be successful in making him play one more season.

Ryan Giggs is one more year older than Scholes, and has signed only an one-year contract last summer. His influence on the field is also waning and the veteran has only made eight appearances in the Premier League this season.

But still, Giggs hasn’t made up as mind as he said:

“When I do finish playing, I’ll try to find the next best thing. Management does interest me. The nearer I get to finishing, the more I think about it. All I can do is prepare myself as best I can for when I do finish.

“I’ve been doing my coaching courses with Nev (Gary Neville) – levels one, two, A-Licence. We’re starting the Pro-Licence next year.”

Defender Rio Ferdinand hasn’t publicly made it clear whether he would like to extend his contract with the Red Devils and Queens Park Rangers also look to sign a deal with the veteran.

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With captain Nemanja Vidic also struggling of knee problems, Ferguson looks keen on freshening up his squad.

The United boss is reportedly closely watching Argentinian defender Ezequiel Garay and Molde’s Norwegian international centre back Vegard Forren to fill in voids that might be created by these veterans.

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Akshy Sridhar
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An ardent Indian cricket fan who knows some football and tennis. Considers Rahul Dravid as his idol; loves Roger Federer and Manchester United!
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