Alex Ferguson Just Doesn't Know How To Quit Paul Scholes

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has always had his favorite players, but his love for Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes is going to another level.  None of Bryan Robson, Roy Keane or Eric Cantona were held-onto with the steel clutches that seem to be keeping Giggs and Scholes at Old Trafford.

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Not that these two icons can't play, but you would think a club with the resources of United could replace two players in their mid-to-late thirties - two players on the downsides of their careers.  Eventually, Robson had to go to Middlesbrough.  Keane went to Celtic, and Cantona?  Something about troweling and sardines?

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Yeah, that probably wasn't applicable.

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Earlier this week it was announced Paul Scholes will avoid Robson and Keane's fate; or, more readily, put it off for another year, signing a one year extension to stay with Manchester United.  Scholes will turn 36 in the middle of the deal, at age at which most players are retired.

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Turns out, that's where Scholes thought he'd be, with Ferguson having to talk his distributor away from the pasture.

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The midfielder signed a one-year contract extension after initially expressing doubts over whether to continue with his career.

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But Ferguson says he managed to persuade the 35-year-old to play on.

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"I said, 'I'll decide when you retire. Your ability's there, there's no deterioration in your actual play'" he told the club's official magazine.

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I feel like a tool going to this joke, but an honest relationship with my readers is one of my goals. So it is with a great deal of shame that I share what came to my mind, when I read this news:

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