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Sir Alex Ferguson will share last Old Trafford game with retiring Paul Scholes

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According to The Sun, Sir Alex Ferguson will share his Old Trafford farewell with Paul Scholes at an emotional Theatre of Dreams on Sunday.

The news that Sir Alex is retiring has over shadowed the fact that Scholes, one of United's all time greats, is also set to hang up his boots - for the second time.

If he plays on Sunday, even in a cameo role, it will be his’ first start since January 5 after an ongoing knee complaint — but also his last at home for Manchester United.

As SunSport revealed back in December, Scholes has decided to finally call it a day after coming out of retirement last season.

United’s midfield maestro would need a knee operation if he was to play on regularly and he is not prepared to go through with that.

Even without surgery he believes that, at 38 and after over 700 games for the club, the time is right to step aside and let the young guns move in.

But boss Ferguson is determined that he starts this final home game against Michael Laudrup’s Swansea.

It will be Scholes’ 498th league game for United and he will fall just short of 500 if, as expected, he plays in Ferguson’s last game away to West Brom.

Scholes retired for the first time at the end of the 2010-11 season after United had clinched a record 19th title.

But he quickly regretted his decision as he began coaching the reserves and returned in January of last year.

While United just missed out on the title to bitter rivals City last season, Scholes was encouraged to continue — but this campaign has been more of a struggle.

He will, however, be able to join the rest of the players tomorrow in lifting United’s 20th league title — and his 11th.

Ferguson, 71, is set to pay tribute to all his players but no doubt Scholes in particular as he joins him in retirement.

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