Manchester United legend Bryan Robson has revealed his fears that Paul Scholes could retire from the game at the end of the season.
Paul Scholes has already gone back on his decision to retire once, which means the next time he makes that decision, it’s probably going to be for good.
At 38-years-old, he’s pushing Ryan Giggs in terms of the old boys at Old Trafford but former United player Bryan Robson has revealed his fears that Scholes will leave the game this summer, which is something United need to try and stop.
It’s a delicate one because Scholes is a legend at United and they will have to respect any decision he makes but there are clear benefits of trying to get him to sign on for one more season.
His experience is vital to the current team because he’s played hundreds of games for the club in a variety of different competitions and situations, which means he’s well suited to keep the pressure off of the younger players.
The way he structures the midfield, makes sure that everyone is in the right place and sticks his foot in to break up counter attacks are all qualities which have been missing in some recent contests, most notably against Chelsea and Manchester City.
He is one of the best passers of the ball at the cub. He can take the ball from a defender, turn and hit a cross field ball which sets up a counter attack in a matter of seconds. That’s not something that all players in the current side can do.
United have missed his presence in the middle of the team over recent weeks, as some inconsistent performances have been produced leading to growing speculation over possible midfield signings who could come in this summer.
Whatever you say about his fitness and his age, he’s an intimidating player when he plays because of his undoubted quality and everything he is still capable of.
It’s the leadership side of things which is important here because although he cuts a quiet figure and he’s a model professional away from the pitch, he demands the best from his teammates when he’s playing.
The fact he’s been injured with a knee problem is significant because that allows more time for someone like Sir Alex Ferguson to get in his ear, stress his importance and try to get him committed to the club for another year.
Injuries often take longer to recover from at an older age and if this knee issue turns out to be quite troublesome then the writing could be on the wall. Fortunately for United, they have the best medical staff and treatment available to make sure it’s not an issue.
He’s not going to be the player who wins any trophy for United next season because he’s not young and fit enough to play in every game any more, but there is no doubt that United are a better club and team with him available.
Will he play another season or call it a day?
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