Paul Scholes has reiterated that he has no intention of coming out of retirement for a second time.
In a terrific interview with Mark Ogden from The Telegraph, Scholes admitted that while he still wants to play for Manchester United, he reached a point where he realised that it was no longer feasible to do so.
“I just couldn’t do it anymore,” Scholes said. “Bad knees. When your performance level drops, and with the injuries, you just can’t go on forever.
“But I don’t think I will ever be happy [in retirement]. Even when I’m 60 years old, I will still want to play, but you have to realise that you can’t sometimes. Ryan is exceptional with what he has done, but he always says that he will carry on as long as he is feeling all right within himself and contributing to the team. There’s no sign of that waning, so he will carry on as long as he can. But for me, it was in training where you notice that time is catching up with you.
“When you are playing on a Friday morning and people are going whizzing past you, you think ‘—- me, I can’t get on the ball’.
“That is when you realise, ‘I can’t do this any more’.”
Scholes may not be playing for United any more but he still enjoys playing some casual football matches from time to time, where he scores the odd 35 yard cracker on the odd occasion as you do.
He continued: “I do still play every now and then, yeah, the odd dads-versus-lads game. I also do a bit of coaching with my son’s under-15s team at Stalybridge when I can.
“I went to China recently to play a bit with the old players, but I’m not getting any wages anymore am I? But another comeback? No, it would be impossible. I don’t really need to be doing something all the time, though. Gary does. He wants to be up doing something at five in the morning, but I’ve never been like that. I get emails from him at five in the morning!”
It was brilliant to see Scholes come out of retirement once but lightning doesn’t strike twice. Although he could certainly do a job in a midfield that has struggled in his absence, it wouldn’t be right to bring him back once again. Scholes deserves his time out of the spotlight, behind closed doors watching television with the curtains drawn – something which Giggs poked fun at after last night’s The Class of ’92 premiere.