Evening Times

Scholes may call time on career

- By JOHN McGILL

PAUL SCHOLES has admitted he is dismayed by his performanc­es this season – raising fresh question marks over the Manchester United midfielder’s future.

Scholes celebrated his 35th birthday last month and remains one of the players Sir Alex Ferguson wants to set an example to the younger members of his squad.

With nine Premier League titles to his name, the midfielder has already achieved far more than most profession­als could ever dream of.

However, while longtime team-mate Ryan Giggs continues to perform at the very highest level, Scholes feels his standards have dipped.

And, while he has not given any indication whether he would be open to a new contract when his current one expires in the summer, his words do not suggest a positive outcome.

“I wouldn’t say I am playing some of my best football,” he said.

“I don’t always feel I am making as much of a contributi­on as I’d like.

“I always preferred it when I was playing regularly and scoring a lot more goals. Now, it’s different.

“I play once every two or three weeks and I can only hope to do well when I get the chance.

“I’ll just carry on with the way it’s going at the moment and we’ll see what happens come the end of the season.”

With only one substitute appearance to look back on in the last four matches, Scholes will hope to face West Ham at Upton Park today.

“West Ham is a tough place to go but on our last couple of visits there we have done well.

“It is vital we go on a long run, now.

“Chelsea are five points clear and we need something similar to last season’s long, unbeaten run to try to put some pressure on them.”

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