Even if United were persuaded to wait until after the World Cup, Scholes would be unlikely to be able to take part as his knee would not stand up to the strain of the World Cup programme.
"The problem started around Christmas," United's manager, Alex Ferguson, said. "We didn't know then whether to give him the operation. We rested him for a bit and it improved but it has become a problem again. We had to play him tonight but played him wide as he would have struggled to get about the pitch."
As it was Scholes lasted only until half-time and Ferguson added: "We now need to decide whether to have the operation now or use him sparingly during the rest of the season. We only have seven games left and he can now have 10 days' rest."
Scholes burst on to the England scene last year and had been billed as a possible replacement for the injury-troubled Paul Gascoigne.Reuse content