Paul Scholes has conceded that he expected 2009-2010 to be his last season but is happy to keep on playing for as long as he’s good enough.

“At Christmas last season I did not think I would be playing in this one,” he said. “I wasn’t playing well enough. The season before last I had an injury for three months and then from Christmas onwards my form wasn’t brilliant. Leading up to Christmas last year it still wasn’t great. I wasn’t playing as much as I would have liked but you need to be playing well to get into the team. I set myself high standards. I want to feel as though I am contributing to the team. If I am not doing that what is the point of being here. The manager has handled me, Ryan and Gary the same way for the last couple of seasons and I am sure this season will be no differentIf I am playing well enough, maybe I will play 25 or 30 games. You want to play every game but at our age, you can’t.”