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Ryan Giggs reveals the Sir Alex Ferguson policy Paul Scholes couldn’t handle

Paul Scholes struggled with Sir Alex Ferguson’s rotation policy at Man Utd (Picture: beIN Sports & Getty)

Ryan Giggs has revealed Paul Scholes struggled to comprehend the logic behind Sir Alex Ferguson’s rotation policy during the latter stages of his Manchester United career.

While the current Wales manager credits his old boss with prolonging his career by gradually lessening his workload, Scholes was unwilling to settle for what he perceived as a bit-part role.

Scholes called time on his professional career at the end of the 2010/11 campaign having helped United clinch the domestic title and reach the Champions League final.

The former England star only featured in 22 Premier League matches that season, however, and was brought on in the 77th minute of the Wembley showpiece against Barcelona with his side already trailing 3-1.

‘Players want to play, even me. I would have many arguments with Sir Alex at 35 or 36,’ Giggs told beIN Sports. ‘And it took a while for me not to play every week.

‘It was interesting because me and Scholesy were around the same time. I’m a year older than Scholesy. He found it really difficult. That’s why he retired and then came back because he couldn’t handle not playing every week.

‘I got my head around it and thought OK I’m not going to be playing every week, but when I do play I’m going to be effective, more effective than when I was younger.

‘Scholesy wanted to train every day and play every game. He lost his rhythm quite quickly. He couldn’t play every two weeks, he wanted to play every week.’

Having taken up a coaching role at the club, Scholes quickly rediscovered his appetite for the game and, after approaching Ferguson, performed a dramatic U-turn and was welcomed back to the first team fold in January 2012.

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Giggs added: ‘He retired, he went and coached the reserves but was actually training every day and was usually the best player, obviously. He felt good and that’s actually when he came back.

‘It’s not only physically, it’s mentally getting it in your head I’m no longer 18, 19, when you can train every day. And you’ve got to have good players around you and a manager that understands how to use you and how to get the best out of you.’

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