The Sweeper: Has Scholes kicked his last football for Manchester United?

A routine knee operation has kept the veteran away from first team training for longer than expected, Vincent Kompany puts his degree to use and Kolo Toure mulls over his future
Knee injury threatens Scholes swansong

Manchester United are concerned that Paul Scholes may never play for the club again after taking so long to recover from routine knee surgery.

The veteran midfielder had a 'wash-out' of his knee more than five weeks ago and was supposed to be back shortly after.

But Scholes is still not taking part in regular training and is only managing light jogging and conditioning work with the club's coaches and physios.

The 38-year-old will be all too aware that the clock is ticking for him to get back up to speed and ready for first team football. 

And with the season nearing an end, there are further doubts as he has yet to indicate if he will take the Red Devils up on their offer of a new one-year extension.

Sir Alex has already told him that he feels he can play on but Scholes is typically keeping his cards close to his chest.

The feeling is that this will be his last year at Old Trafford and the club will offer him a role within the youth set-up - much like the position he held prior to coming out of retirement in January 2012.

The midfielder has acquired his coaching badges and is expected to move into a recognised role at the club when he does call time on his career.

- Paul Clennam

Kompany moves into the music industry

Vincent Kompany is putting his business studies degree to good use after forming his own record label.

The Manchester City skipper already owns a high-class chauffeur service in Manchester which ferries the great and the good.

Kompany has teamed up with producer Klass Gaublomme to launch mainstream acts.

But the defender is not neglecting his roots and is heavily influenced by African music and the music of his family who are originally from Congo.

- Paul Clennam

Kolo Toure to seek brotherly advice

Kolo Toure will speak to his brother Yaya before making a final decision on his Manchester City future.

The Blues have mooted the possibility of a new deal, with the defender out of contract this summer.

Kolo earns around £120,000 a week at the Etihad and City will look to slash that almost in half to retain him.

The 32-year-old has attracted major interest from clubs in Turkey.

- Paul Clennam