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Sunday 23 September 2018

Scholes: United can end Barca dominance

PAUL SCHOLES has claimed if decisions on retirement had been based solely on Manchester United's Champions League final performance against Barcelona he would not be alone in calling it a day.

Scholes had already made his mind up to end his career before that chastening night at Wembley last month when United were on the wrong end of a brilliant performance from one of the best club sides of all time.

However, rather than merely accept his fate, Scholes knows Ferguson's thirst for honours will ensure United give everything in the challenge to catch the Catalans.

“If it was just based on that one game, I think 15 of us would have retired,” Scholes chuckled.

“It actually just makes you think that is the level you need to get to.

“It is certainly not pointless trying to get there.

“The challenge for Manchester United will always be to be the best in Europe. You don't settle for second best at this club.”

United are said to have made enquiries about Real Madrid midfielder Mesut Ozil but they have been rebuffed by the Spanish giants. A Scholes replacement will be hard to find after the failure to land Wesley Sneijder and Luka Modric.

Ferguson has already made a start by securing the services of defender Phil Jones on a five-year contract.

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Having matched Blackburn's £16.5m buyout clause last week, United had to wait a few days before Rovers' owners realised holding out for extra cash from elsewhere was futile.

“Much as we would love him to stay on with us, Phil has to finally follow his heart,” said a statement on behalf of the Rovers' management.

On Twitter, Jones described it as “a once in a lifetime opportunity” although it is debatable whether the 19-year-old will spend all his United career working for Ferguson, as Scholes has done.

It is some achievement, given Scholes made over 650 appearances and won 10 Premier League titles.

Yet he feels longevity is one of the secrets behind United's continued dominance of the English game.

“You have to give credit to the people who run this club,” said Scholes.

“Sticking with people is the best thing to do but not many clubs seem to be following United.”

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