Man Utd's Ferguson rejects Giggs, Scholes & Ferdinand exit claims

Sir Alex Ferguson has dismissed reports suggesting Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Rio Ferdinand will leave Manchester United at the end of the season.

Midfielder Scholes, 38, was reported to have told friends about his intention to retire for a second time.

Tale of three United careers

  • Ryan Giggs, 39: 921 apps, 165 goals
  • Paul Scholes, 38: 723 apps, 157 goals
  • Rio Ferdinand, 34: 412 apps, 7 goals

"I would be surprised if Paul had spoken to someone without speaking to me - and he hasn't - so we can dismiss that," said the United manager.

"Ryan could play for another year or two. Rio has been terrific."

Ferguson, who turns 71 on 31 December, added: "The speculation comes from our policy of only giving older players one-year contracts."

Scholes began his professional career at Old Trafford in 1993 before retiring from football in May 2011. The former England player made a U-turn on his decision in January 2012 in order to bolster numbers during an injury crisis.

Both he and 39-year-old midfielder Giggs, who started his United career in 1990, are on one-year deals.

Centre-back Ferdinand, who joined the club from Leeds in 2002, is yet to sign a new contract.

The 34-year-old's current deal expires next summer.