Manchester Utd. Won’t Be Surprised If Scholes Quits, Gill Says

Manchester United Chief Executive Officer David Gill said he wouldn’t be surprised if veteran midfielder Paul Scholes quits at the end of this season.

Scholes, 36, came on as a substitute yesterday as United clinched a record 19th English league title with a 1-1 draw at Blackburn. It was a 10th championship for Scholes, whose contract expires at the end of next month.

“It wouldn’t surprise us if Paul Scholes retired,” Gill told BBC Radio 5 Live’s Sportsweek program. “On the other hand, we are enjoying the success we are having, so at the end of the season, he will have a conversation with Sir Alex (Ferguson) about that. I am sure he will let us know his decision and we will respect it.”

United coach Ferguson, whose team plays Barcelona in the Champions League final at Wembley on May 28, has already seen Gary Neville, 36, retire this season although Ryan Giggs, 37, is staying on a further year.

Former England midfielder Scholes has made 674 appearances for United, scoring 150 goals.

His haul of league title “shows what he has achieved for us and what an absolutely fantastic player he has been,” Gill said.