Paul Scholes plans to retire once and for all at the end of this season as Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson prepares for another summer shake-up at Old Trafford.
United midfielder Scholes has told friends that he intends to bow out in May and that this time he will not be back.
Ferguson is also facing up to the probability that another veteran, Ryan Giggs, will leave his one and only club this summer, and the manager is aware that defender Rio Ferdinand has yet to indicate publicly whether he wishes to extend his contract.
With captain, Nemanja Vidic also struggling of late with knee problems, Ferguson has already started to look at ways of freshening up his squad.
Recently, for example, Ferguson sent scouts to watch £15million-rated Argentinian defender, Ezequiel Garay of Portuguese club.
He has also been looking closely at Molde’s Norwegian international centre back, Vegard Forren.