Premier League Legends: Paul Scholes

Let’s make a throwback to the playing career of Paul Scholes, as the English legend turned into management at the start of the week.

Paul Scholes has been appointed as new manager of Oldham Athletic on Monday, as he starts his career in football management.

He has spent his whole career in one club – Manchester United, and Scholes is one of the three players to achieve 700 games for the club, with Sir Bobby Charlton and Ryan Giggs.

The Ginger Prince came through the club’s youth system as a part of the “Class of 92”, at the same time as former players Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, David Beckham, and Gary and Phil Neville.

Scholes made his professional debut for Manchester United on September 21 in 1994. It was in the Football League Cup against Port Vale, as he scored both goals in the United’s 2-1 victory.

At the start of his career, Paul was more of an attacking player and even played as a second striker. His best season in the Premier League was in 2002-2003 when he scored 14 league goals, and 20 in total. The Red Devils won the title that season, which was one of his many.

He was known by his cool finish and excellent strike and produced many stunners from outside the box.

Scholes was later in his career moved back to midfield by Sir Alex Ferguson. He established himself as one of the best midfielders of his generation, as the Englishman was calm on the ball, great passer and aggressive in defence.

Many of the World’s best players admired ‘Scholesy’ and had the best compliments for the Manchester United legend.

“Paul Scholes is a role model. For me – and I really mean this – he’s the best central midfielder I’ve seen in the last 15, 20 years” – Xavi Hernandez.

“My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder. Scholes is undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation” – Zinedine Zidane.

Scholes made 718 appearances in total for Manchester United and scored 155 goals. He won the Premier League incredible 11 times, as well as the Champions League twice. He also won the FA Cup twice, and was part of United’s treble season in 1999.

On international level, ‘Scholesy’ played 66 matches and scored 14 goals for England. He retired from national duty in 2004, so he could dedicate himself only to Manchester United.

He played with asthma his whole career, which is quite amazing. Paul Scholes retired in 2011, but in January 2012 re-made his decision. He re-signed with Man United, of course, won the Premier League for one last time in 2013 and retired for second and final time at the end of the season.

He spent the last couple of years as a pundit and new starts a new chapter, as he became manager of Oldham Athletic. He won his first game as the boss of Oldham 4-1 against Yeovil on Tuesday night.

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