Man Utd's Scholes frustrated with getting older

Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes is taking nothing for granted ahead of this week's Champions League final against Barcelona.

Manchester United veteran Paul Scholes is taking nothing for granted ahead of this week's Champions League final against Barcelona.

"Have I any ambitions left in the game? To get back in the team," says Scholes with a typical glimpse of black humour. "The manager hasn't said anything to me about playing in the final. My gut instinct is that I probably won't, I don't think many people think I'll start after not playing in either of the semi-finals or against City. But you never know, we'll have to see."

His philosophical outlook should fool no-one. Scholes is finding that, at 34, the business of playing football is getting no easier. The man who was a member of United's golden generation of David Beckham, Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Ryan Giggs - the team who won the FA Youth Cup in 1992 - talks candidly about the frustration of finding that on some days the body seems unwilling to drive him on.

"I don't seem to get forward, I know I don't get forward, as much as I used to," he told the Mail on Sunday. "And I don't have the goalscoring chances that I used to, which is frustrating. It bothers me, of course it does. You want to contribute as much as you can and there is no bigger way than scoring goals.

"Not playing every week is an adjustment you don't like. You train all week and you want to play games.

"I think there is a time when you have to accept you won't play every week especially with the quality of midfielders we have. You just have to make sure you are ready yourself when the manager wants you to play. It is more a physical thing than a mental thing, definitely. But some days the legs don't seem to want to do what the mind is telling them."