Sir Alex: Not one bid for Scholes ever

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has revealed he has never received a single enquiry for veteran midfielder Paul Scholes during the player's 16-year career at Old Trafford.

The 34-year-old is set to make his 600th appearance for the club in Wednesday night's crucial Premier League clash with Portsmouth, with only Ryan Giggs, Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes ahead of him.

And the Red Devils' chief has admitted he has been able to achieve the proud landmark, because no other club has ever shown an interest in signing him.

“Funnily enough we have never had one enquiry for Paul Scholes,” he said. “You know why? Because they all know he will never leave. Maybe he has had private situations where people have begged him to join them because that is how it happens with agents phoning up and all that nonsense. But they all know he wouldn't leave here.

“At United, you can go back to the Best, Law and Charlton era, before that you have Duncan Edwards. “You are talking a wide panorama of players. But in my time he would be in the top six or seven without a doubt. His contribution and quality have been great, even without the fantastic goals he has scored. “When he came on against Everton on Sunday, his first touch was better than anyone else's had been in the whole previous hour.

“He has that wonderful velvet touch on the ball. When he gets it, it goes stone dead. It is wonderful to see that amidst all the mayhem that can happen in a football match."

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