Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand admits he's sorry Paul Scholes chose to retire this summer.

Ferdinand accepts some players are easier to replace than others.

He said: "I have always said it, Paul Scholes is my favourite player.

"He is one of the top two players I have ever played with. It is his decision to stop and you have to respect that.

"When Roy Keane and Ruud van Nistelrooy left for instance, we didn't get like-for-like replacements.

"We got different players who had a great impact."

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