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Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has confirmed he is to retire from football at the end of the season.

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Scholes, 38, retired at the end of the 2010-11 season but, after a spell coaching, returned in January 2012 after deciding he had been too quick to end his career at Old Trafford.

Injuries have limited the former England international's role at the club this season, as he has failed to make a Premier League appearance in 2013.

In an interview with former team-mate Gary Neville for Sky Sports, Scholes said he has decided now is the right time to hang up his boots.

Asked if incoming United manager David Moyes would be able to rely on Scholes next season, the former England international replied: "No, he will not. I think this is it - I'm sure this is it. It's not been the season I would have liked to have gone out on. The last four months have difficult. I know now in my head that I've gone as far as I can go."

Scholes will therefore bow out at the same time as Sir Alex Ferguson, and the midfielder paid tribute to the Scot, as well as expressing hope that Moyes will enjoy a successful tenure.

Speaking to his club's official website, Scholes added: "Playing football is all I have ever wanted to do, and so to have had such a long and successful career at Manchester United, under the greatest manager of all time, has been an honour. The team has the right balance and will continue to thrive under the leadership of David Moyes."

Ferguson praised Scholes as "a truly unbelievable player" and added: "He has always been fully committed to this club and it has been a real privilege to work with him for so many years. Paul will play at Old Trafford on Sunday against Swansea and will collect an unbelievable but well-deserved 11th Premier League medal."


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