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Manchester United’s Paul Scholes Announces His Retirement From Football

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Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has announced that he will retire from football at the end of this season.

“Paul is a truly unbelievable player,” said Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. “He has always been fully committed to this club and it has been a real privilege to work with him for so many years. Paul will play at Old Trafford on Sunday against Swansea and will collect an unbelievable but well-deserved 11th Premier League medal.”

Scholes, nicknamed the Ginger Prince by United supporters, previously announced his retirement at the end of the 2010/11 season, but he returned to football in January 2012 when Ferguson called him back into the United side for their FA Cup match against Manchester City.

“Yes, I am finally hanging up my boots for good,” said Scholes. “Playing football is all I have ever wanted to do, and so to have had such a long and successful career at Manchester United, under the greatest manager of all time, has been an honour. The team has the right balance and will continue to thrive under the leadership of David Moyes.”

Scholes has made 716 appearances for Manchester United.

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9 Responses to Manchester United’s Paul Scholes Announces His Retirement From Football

  1. Gary says:

    Again? How long before Moysie asks him to unretire :-) .

  2. Mufc77 says:


  3. Frill Artist says:

    Thanks for your services, Scholes.

  4. Smokey Bacon says:

    Paul Scholes. Scores goals. Terrific player but always a yellow card waiting to happen. It’s a good thing he’s retiring as he would be getting sent off regularly given what constitutes a foul these days.

  5. Wongo1 says:

    Scholes was a stunning player and will be severely missed on the pitch. Moyes will have him coaching the younger players so maybe a new Scholes is just around the corner.

    Enjoy your well earned rest good sir.

  6. Rob says:

    As Premier League players’ shins breathe a huge sigh of relief.

  7. Tony Butterworth says:

    The Ginger Prince ??? Never heard that one before.

    The Ginger Ninja for sure, but prince ?

    • The Gaffer says:

      Do a Google search on “the ginger prince paul scholes” and you’ll find tons of results, although Ginger Ninja sounds even better to me!

      The Gaffer

  8. Bergkamp_10 says:

    What would football be like if Paul Scholes and Dennis Bergkamp played together? One a deep lying playmaker, other a more forward no. 10 passer.

    Good Luck to Paul Scholes, always admired him as a player, but was a cunning tackler. Deserved few reds than what he got.

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