Former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has revealed that there are two players who made him decide to end his playing career.

The former England international has been an outstanding player under Sir Alex Ferguson for over 15 years.

Scholes initially retired in May 2011, joining the coaching staff with immediate effect. But he returned from retirement to the first team in January 2012 when Ferguson was in the injury crisis.

The Old Trafford legend has finally retired for the second time at the end of the 2012-13 season, the time Fergie ended his 27-year association with United.

“I really wish I had stopped then,” Scholes recently told BT Sport.

“That was enough really because we got to the next season and the manager gave me another year.”

“But when I say I was gone the first time, I was definitely gone this time.”

“I remember playing a game against Tottenham at home, it was only the third or fourth game of the season, and I think we got beat at home 3-2,” Scholes added.

“I played alright in possession but I remember [Mousa] Dembele just cruising past me, Gareth Bale [too].”

“I know they cruise past people but I was just watching and thinking: ‘I can’t do this anymore’.”

“I wanted to retire early again that season but I just thought it would look a bit stupid, a bit embarrassing.”

Scholes, who started his youth career at United in 1991 before moving up to the first team in 1993, scored 155 goals in 718 appearances for the Red Devils.

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