Rio Ferdinand hoping Paul Scholes will extend stay

Paul Scholes
© PA Photos
Rio Ferdinand claims that Paul Scholes's form for Manchester United in the second half of this season has been "phenomenal" and wants the midfielder to continue playing next season.

Rio Ferdinand has admitted that he will attempt to persuade Paul Scholes to continue playing for Manchester United next season.

Scholes came out of retirement for the Premier League champions in January and has been a key factor in their rise to the top of the table.

The former England international has also impressed Ferdinand, who concedes that Scholes will not be rushed into making a decision regarding his future.

Ferdinand said: "It would be nice if he could play another season.

"With Scholesy, though, you know it doesn't make a difference what anybody else says. He's his own man and he'll make his own decision.

"He was out of the game for months and yet he's come straight back into top-level football and he's hardly looked out of place. At this stage of his career, that's phenomenal."

Ferdinand and Scholes are both expected to play some part in Monday's Manchester derby.

Robin Van Persie
Read Next:
RVP named Football Writers' Player of the Year
>

Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Chelsea13101229101931
2Liverpool1393132141830
3Manchester CityMan City1393129121730
4Arsenal1384128131528
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs136611910924
6Manchester UnitedMan Utd135531815320
7Everton135441615119
8Watford135351721-418
9West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom134541716117
10Southampton134541312117
11Stoke CityStoke134451419-516
12Bournemouth134361519-415
13Burnley134271221-914
14Leicester CityLeicester133461622-613
15Middlesbrough132651215-312
16West Ham UnitedWest Ham133371424-1012
17Crystal Palace133282126-511
18Hull City133281128-1711
19Swansea CitySwansea132381626-109
20Sunderland132291223-118