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Name Paul Scholes
Gender Male
Birthplace Salford
Born 1974 11 16
Nationality UK
Ethnic English
Job English Footballer
Desc His numbers are simply extraordinary. 499 Premier League appearances. 107 goals. Eleven league titles. One of Fergie’s Fledglings, Scholes developed into one of the finest midfielders in the world, renowned for his crisp passing, intelligent movement and eye for goal. Xavi famously remarked that Scholes was a ‘spectacular player who has everything’, while Pele once commented: ‘If he was playing with me, I would have scored so many more’

Affiliation

Org English National Team
Club as Player Manchester United
Owner Salford City

Relationship

Teammate Ryan Giggs
  Roy Keane
  xxxx
Coach Alex Fergusson
Mentor Mike Coffey
Hero Frankie Bunn
  Andy Ritchie
  Stuart Balmer

Education

High School Cardinal Langley High School

Notes

Salford City Gary Neville, along with his brother Phil, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes is a co-owner of Salford City
Stuart Balmer The Scot who played for Oldham for two seasons at the start of the decade and is now first-team coach at St Mirren
Andy Ritchie Oldham striking legend who scored 82 goals for the club between 1987 and 1995, as well as later managing the side
Frankie Bunn Oldham striker whose claim to fame was scoring six goals in the 7-0 League Cup win over Scarborough in 1989
1991 07 08
Paul Scholes joins Manchester United
1994 09 21
Paul Scholes debuts for Manchester United

2004 08 03 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes retires from international football. Scholes, 29, who won the last of his 66 caps in England’s Euro 2004 defeat against Portugal, admitted he had thought long and hard about retiring] This is a decision I have not taken lightly. I have been considering retiring from international football for a while now

I started my international career in 1997 and have enjoyed seven years of great football, playing in the best competitions, with some of the best players under the best managers

Euro 2004 was fantastic but afterwards I felt the time was right for myself and my family to make it my last England appearance. I would like to thank everyone at England for the wonderful years I had playing for the team and all the experience I gained. I wish them all the best and good luck for the future

2008 07 24 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes says When he go he will miss football, not the life of a footballer] How long will I go on? I’d think two years at the most. I have one year left on my contract and, hopefully, I’ll get another one, but I suppose it all depends on how you’re feeling and how you’re playing

I can’t say that I can’t wait to finish, but I am looking forward to finishing being involved with everything that goes with it. I suppose people are just very invasive and are always wanting to know what you’re going to do. The only thing I will definitely miss is the football, not the general life of a footballer

At the moment, though, I just think two years would be about right. I feel OK right now and as long as I feel OK then I’ll carry on

It’s difficult to say whether I want to bow out at the top [with United] or not. I’ll just have to see, when the time comes, whether I want to carry on playing somewhere else at a lower level. But I don’t look that far ahead

[Moscow secured redemption, but Scholes admits that he and United should not have waited quite so long to get their hands on the European Cup once more] Moscow meant everything. It was a great night to win probably the biggest trophy in club football. Maybe we were a bit lucky towards the end, but I was always hopeful we’d win it again

When you’ve got a team like we have, especially one playing as well as we were doing in the last year, I always thought there would be a chance and luckily we did it

But I don’t think it matters how much you win because, as soon as you win it, the day after you look forward and try and win it again. I would have liked to have won it more, or even just got to the final a bit more. Hopefully, we can do better this time than we did after 1999, when we had to wait another nine years

I don’t have my medals on show, though. They’re just locked away somewhere. I got a medal in 1999, but I don’t view myself as a double Champions League winner. You’ve got to play in the final for it to count

[Scholes says he does not see the appeal of trading United for another club] If other players fancy a move and a bit of money, then good luck to them. But if they’re at a place like this [United], I don’t think they realise how lucky they are to be playing here

It’s always a step down after here. There are obviously big clubs in the world, but while certain people think it might be a progression if they move somewhere else, when you leave here, I don’t think it is. I’ve had everything I need. I’m at Manchester United and I’m from Manchester, so what more do I need?

2011 05 31
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes announced his retirement from all football. He came out of retirement in January 2012 and later penned a one-year deal to continue his United career, before retiring again at the end of the 2012/13 season.
2013 05 19
Paul Scholes lefts Manchester United

2014 05 22 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes says Van Gaal must make Kroos his first Manchester United signing] The first player I’d bring in is Toni Kroos. The first player I’d bring in is Toni Kroos. Edward Woodward has an awful lot to prove this time that he’s good enough at his job. He has to bring the players in that the new manager wants. It’s obvious that last year he didn’t manage to do that. If he doesn’t, we are not going to get anywhere near the top

2014 12 10 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes on Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona] Playing against Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona could be a soul-destroying experience. But now they are a ghost of the side they had once been. They still pass the ball relentlessly, but that old drive and tempo are not nearly as urgent. The breathtaking speed and penetration have gone. When I try to find a way of summarising the attitude of the team, and of some longer-serving individuals, I keep alighting on the word ‘bored’. As for Messi, his achievements put him in a different category to the rest of us who played the game. But even so, in him, as much as anyone, I detected that mood of boredom. He has never been a player given to chasing the full-back when his team lose the ball, but now, more than ever, he keeps his movement to an absolute minimum

2015 01 03 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes on Steven Gerrard] It’s difficult for me, as a United fan, to say it’s a pity that Gerrard has never won the league. It is easier to say he deserves to have a league winners’ medal

2015 05 14 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes on Steven Gerrard’s final game at Stamford Bridge] I was glad that the Chelsea fans applauded Gerrard. It was just for a few seconds, but it did show that as fans we can look beyond our club rivalries when necessary. I don’t think it ever happened to me. Maybe when I got substituted at my testimonial! As a season-ticket holder in the Stretford End, I would have applauded Steven off the pitch – albeit just the once. There would have been a few in the seats around me who would object. But just as many who would have done the same

2015 08 20 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes on Thierry Henry] On his day he was absolutely scintillating, a supreme athlete and a magnificent footballer. What amazed me was that he never seemed to get a sweat on. He could run 100 meters past five players and he wouldn’t even be breathing heavily

2015 08 23 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes on Manchester United] There’s a real lack of excitement, a lack of quality more than anything. Newcastle at home, you should be beating them. If you’re going to win the league, you need to be winning these types of games

2015 11 28 Retrieve

[on Roy Keane] Roy was unbelievable to play alongside and someone you could always trust. I soon learned that if you weren’t on your game he would be on top of you to make sure you were playing your part for the team. I had a few bollockings from him, but that made you work harder to avoid them. He was a great leader and captain: he drove us on and he was our manager on the pitch

2016 02 18 Retrieve

[on Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United] Take it from me, Vida is one very hard lad. Sometimes you might hear criticism of foreign players who might have plenty of fancy tricks on the ball, but throw them into battle on a freezing wet February night at Bolton, or Stoke, or Blackburn, and they just don’t fancy it. Well, Vida does fancy it, no matter how tough the assignment. He relishes the physical challenge of the game, the heading, the tackling, the getting in against fearsome opponents when the chips are down. It took him a little while to settle when he arrived in Manchester, but soon he proved himself to be top quality, not only as a warrior, but also in his use of the ball. Vida is a natural for the role of captain, leading from the front

2016 02 19 Retrieve

[on Nemanja Vidic of Manchester United] It might surprise you to hear that Nemanja, who arrived from Spartak Moscow, was not the powerful centre-back he became over his years with the club. There was nothing of him when he arrived. He was skinny and relatively easy to push off the ball. [. . .] he took a battering in his first few weeks at the club – in training as well as matches. [. . .]

Nemanja must have realised quite early on that he was not strong enough to play in the centre of defence at that time, so he did something about it. For the next year, every time I walked past the gym, I would see Nemanja in there lifting weights. He turned himself into a big, strong centre-half who was capable of knocking strikers out of the way. He always had a great ability to head the ball, but allied with his strength he became unbeatable in the air.

Throughout his United career, we would play away at difficult grounds and it would be Nemanja heading crosses and set pieces when the team were under pressure. In training, he was different. He always fancied himself as a No 10, and he was a very skilful individual. It was a shame that his injuries got the better of him at the end of his time at Old Trafford

2016 02 20 Retrieve

[on Rio Ferdinand] He was a great player, without a doubt the best centre-half I ever played with. I would say for a time as well he was the best centre-half in the world. He was such a pleasure to play with and play in front of. To play in front of him, he made your job so easy

2016 09 09 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes says he prefers watching non-league Salford than the Premier League] I probably do enjoy watching Salford more. I don’t know if it’s as much that I don’t like the hassle of going to the game, getting in, sitting in traffic. Going to Salford, I park up behind the goal and get out of my car. But I genuinely get more enjoyment from watching even my son’s team, Royter Town. I don’t find elite football as interesting to watch any more, especially in England

In the Premier League in the last two years, have I really seen a game of high quality? A game that I’ve thought ‘Wow!’ It’s difficult to think of any. You hear about people saying English football’s the best football there is around. I think Spain’s by far the best league. Germany has better teams. In Italy probably the strength in depth isn’t great

2016 09 11 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes wrote in a new book] I don’t know if it’s as much that I don’t like the hassle of going to the game, getting in, sitting in traffic. Going to Salford City, I park up behind the goal and get out of my car. But I genuinely get more enjoyment from watching even my son’s team, Royter Town. I don’t find elite football as interesting to watch any more, especially in England

2016 11 05 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes talks about his club’s disappointing start to the season] It’s been quite a painful three years really. And I think probably the next 18 months to two years could be very similar. Until this manager has three or four transfer windows to get a team that he wants, I think this team in two years will be unrecognisable from what it is now, but whatever we do in this two years has to be a bonus. They’ve shown in the last three years that they’re not capable of winning the league with this squad

2017 02 18 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes praises Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos] I really like Toni Kroos. When I neared the end of my career, I followed him closely and tried to play like Kroos. I was a midfielder with an eye for the goal, but Kroos is one of the best midfield masterminds in the world. Kroos would be perfect at United next to Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera

2017 04 22 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes thinks Marcus Rashford can reach the heights Neymar and Cristiano Ronaldo have reached] I am just a little bit worried that he is so quick he may get shoved out wide, which is not a bad thing. You look at Cristiano Ronaldo’s record and players like Neymar, he has that kind of ability. It is a lot to live up to but he has that in him. He can be a world star

2018 11 17 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes tells that current champions City could mimic Arsenal’s Invincibles and remain unbeaten in the league] We’ve talked about the Arsenal team that went right through the season without losing a game and the more you look at the City team, I don’t see where they are going to get beat

2019 04 29 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes on Daley Blind and Marcos Rojo] To win games of football with Blind and [Marcos] Rojo at centre-half, [Manchester United] almost need to score three goals. They look like they are going to give goals away all the time. They don’t sense danger, they’ve got no pace, they don’t get physical against people

2019 10 18 Retrieve

[Paul Scholes reveals two signings that signalled Man Utd downfall] When you look five or six years ago when Alex Fergusson left, the other person who didn’t get the credit he deserved was David Gill. He was a football man and he knew footballers. From the day he and Sir Alex left, it has been difficult

I think the alarm bells rang straight away when David Moyes took over and signed Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini for £70m. They are good players but I don’t think they were Man Utd players. I don’t think Sir Alex and David Gill would have signed those players. We are in this position now because we have signed players who are not Man Utd players. Ole is in there now and trying to put it right

[Scholes picks out the two best managers in the world] I think [Ole needs] four or five transfer windows, and they have to be good transfer windows. Ole’s first three signings have been good and promising. As long as he is in charge of the players coming in, I don’t see a problem. We hope it goes to back challenging for titles and Champions Leagues

I’d still say Pep Guardiola. I know Liverpool are eight points clear and they won the Champions League last year, but they’ve not won the league yet! Jurgen Klopp’s a great manager, don’t get me wrong and the football they’re playing and the style of play is magnificent, but I’d still go for Guardiola after what he’s done. I’d have Guardiola as number one and Jurgen Klopp as a very close number two

2019 10 18b Retrieve

[Man Utd legend Paul Scholes mocks Liverpool ahead of crunch Premier League showdown] Liverpool missed a big chance to win at Old Trafford last year. I think you could argue they blew the league at Old Trafford last season. [United] were really struggling at the time with injuries, just like they’re this year. Liverpool were really poor on the day. Look we know they’re a good team and the quality they have got but they have still got to come to Old Trafford and win a game there

I know it’s difficult to see where United goals are coming from. It will have to be a bit of individual brilliance because the creativity of the team isn’t really there, especially without Pogba playing. Rashford is capable of it. Dan James has shown he is capable of it. From a set-piece Harry Maguire could be capable of it

[Scholes was also quizzed on how many of the current squad would get into Klopp’s team] Well…none of them want to get in the Liverpool team

2019 10 18c Retrieve

[Man Utd legend Paul Scholes names Pep Guardiola and Jurgen Klopp as the two best managers in the world] I’d still say Pep Guardiola. I know Liverpool are eight points clear and they won the Champions League last year, but they’ve not won the league yet!

Jurgen Klopp’s a great manager, don’t get me wrong and the football they’re playing and the style of play is magnificent, but I’d still go for Guardiola after what he’s done. I’d have Guardiola as number one and Jurgen Klopp as a very close number two

2019 10 20 Retrieve

[Manchester United legend Paul Scholes knew former club were doomed when Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini joined] When you look five or six years ago when Sir Alex Ferguson left, the only person that’s probably going to get the credit he deserved was David Gill [former chief executive]. He was a football man. From the day he went, as well as Sir Alex, it’s been difficult

I think there were alarm bells straightaway really when David [Moyes] took over and he signed Juan Mata and Fellaini for something like £70m. They’re good players in their own right, but I don’t think they were Manchester United players. I don’t think Sir Alex or David Gill would have signed those types of players, so I think from then on, alarm bells have rung and we’re in the position we are now because of buying players who we don’t really think are Man Utd players

I think four or five transfer windows and they’ve got to be four or five good transfer windows. I think Ole’s first few signings have been very good, very promising and as long as he’s the man in charge of the players that are coming in, then I don’t see a problem

2019 11 07 Retrieve

[Asked if bringing in a director of football on board would be a step in the right direction] Maybe. We know behind the scenes there is help needed on the football side of things. You look at the business side and it’s great. Ed Woodward is very good at that but as a football man, I don’t think he is a football man

I think in the past there was Sir Alex Ferguson and David Gill. Gill has been a massive miss for this football club. He knew a good player when he saw one and he disagreed with the manager, of course.

Now there has to be a little bit of help for Ole. There are good people around him such as the chief scout and Mike Phelan with his experience, but now is a time when he [Solskjaer] needs help bringing top players to this football club

2019 12 20 Retrieve

[Quote on Zlatan] He’s a fit lad, he looks after himself, he’s got great charisma. He’s a great character

2020 04 19 Retrieve

[Scholes delighted to see Rashford thrive at Man Utd] I always remember watching him, mainly in the reserve team, and he was an out and out centre-forward. Sometimes I would go to games and just watch him, and not really watch where the ball was. I’d look for his movement - is he clever enough to have that link with a midfield player? I think he has that. I was really excited when he first got into the team, a little bit luckily at first - I think there was an injury to someone. But ever since he has got into the team, he has shown the talent he has got as a centre-forward or a player wide on the left. I always remember seeing him as a kid and I thought his intelligence and movement was as a centre-forward. He looked like an out-and-out number nine, but now when you see him in games, he seems to enjoy it more from the left-hand side

A lot of it depends on the players that you are playing with. When you are on the left, you can create a lot more things on your own, giving that little bit more to the team. Whereas when you are playing up front, sometimes you are isolated and need someone in midfield who can find passes for 90 minutes of a game, so you can disappear in games sometimes as a number nine.

2020 06 01 Retrieve

[Scholes accuses Deschamps of overreacting to get Man Utd midfielder suspended for Champions League final] You just deal with it don’t you. I was gutted at the time but there’s nothing you can do about it. I tackled Deschamps and I’ve seen it a few times. I don’t think it was a foul, to be honest with you. It was right in front of the ref, he screamed like a big girl, like a big baby which didn’t help me. It got me booked and I missed the final but I may not have played in the final, you never know

[Scholes says this was proof of the strength in depth Sir Alex Ferguson had throughout his fearsome squad at the time] We had massive games. Big games against Spurs to win the league, the FA cup final the next Saturday and then the Champions League final. I was devastated to miss it, of course I was. Roy was as well. But it didn’t matter who was missing, we still had the capability in the squad, someone can fill in and do just as good a job

2020 06 01b Retrieve

[Paul Scholes has lamented the ‘ridiculous’ Real Madrid and Barcelona teams that thwarted Manchester United in the Champions League, insisting that ‘in any other era we might have won five or six European Cups’] We were quite unlucky really. In any other era we might have won four, five, or six European Cups. But the teams that were about - you look at Guardiola’s Barcelona team. Jesus, how good were they?! You could go right through the team. In midfield, you had Andres Iniesta, Xavi, Sergio Busquets and Lionel Messi. Henry on the left. Centre halves of Gerard Pique and Carlos Puyol. Just unreal. They’re without doubt the best team I’ve played against. They’re one of the best teams that has ever been

[Scholes went on to admit that United were also outclassed by Real Madrid’s 2002-03 team] If I go a bit further back I think of the Real Madrid side that we played against. We got absolutely battered in the Bernabeu one year. 3-1 it was in the first game but what a team that was. It’s not far away from that Barcelona team. They had the Brazilian Ronaldo, Zinedine Zidane, Luis Figo, Redondo was unreal, Raul, Roberto Carlos, Hierro, Iker Casillas in goal, that was a team that was just ridiculous. We came up against some ridiculous teams. We did alright against them but Barcelona just had that edge over that great Real Madrid team