SAF hails ‘United great’ Scholes

Scholes retired at the end of the last season aged 36, and United

are playing a testimonial match for him on Friday night against the

New York Cosmos at Old Trafford. Ferguson said: “To my mind he will

go down as one of the greatest players of all time for Manchester

United. “I was with Fabien Barthez on Wednesday having a chat and

he said ‘pass my regards on to Scholesy, he’s the best player I

ever played with’. “You see [Barcelona’s] Xavi talking about

Scholes, and he’s in a better position than most of us to talk

about midfield players, saying he’s the best player he has every

played against.” Ferguson joked that notoriously publicity-shy

Scholes would not enjoy being in the spotlight. He added: “He might

not turn up – if an interview is involved he won’t, he will be

quite happy with his slippers on! “He will endure it – if he has to

do an interview or something with the fans at the end of the game

he will get through it somehow, but he will not be looking forward

to it.”