Manchester United legend Ryan Giggs has revealed former teammate Paul Scholes couldn’t deal with Sir Alex Ferguson’s rotation policy during the latter stages of his career at the club.
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 retired from the game at the end of the 2010/11 campaign having helped the club clinch the domestic title and reach the Champions League final. But he just couldn’t imagine not playing.
“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.”
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.”