Paul Scholes set to retire from Manchester United this summer
Paul Scholes has confirmed he will hang up his boots on the wall at the end of the season. The born and bred Manchester United midfielder has been at the heart of Manchester United’s dominance on the English and European scale for over two decades.
Officials from Manchester United have also confirmed that Paul Scholes is set to retire this summer. The 38-year-old first retired at the end of the 2010-11 season, but later took back his retirement claiming he had rushed into ending his career.
Another reason behind Paul Scholes’ retirement was Sir Alex Ferguson’s desire to see him at Old Trafford. The maestro midfielder returned to Manchester United at a time when the club had only a few midfielders in their squad.
Injuries and the decision to give the younger generation more chances have kept Paul Scholes on the bench for most of his second coming. The former England international has failed to appear in a single Premier League game for Manchester United this year.
Paul Scholes gave the details about his retirement in an interview with compatriot and former Manchester United teammate Gary Neville for Sky Sports.
“No, he will not,” Paul Scholes said upon being questioned whether incumbent manager David Moyes will be able to utilize his services. “I think this is it - I'm sure this is it. It's not been the season I would have liked to have gone out on. The last four months have difficult. I know now in my head that I've gone as far as I can go.”
Paul Scholes’ retirement coincides with the legendary manager of Manchester United Sir Alex Ferguson. The veteran reserved special praise for his gaffer and wished David Moyes all the best for the future.
“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 honor. The team has the right balance and will continue to thrive under the leadership of David Moyes,” Paul Scholes said in an interview to Manchester United’s official website.
Meanwhile, Sir Alex Ferguson hailed Paul Scholes as a “truly unbelievable player”. The Scotsman, who just recently moved upstairs, claims it’s been a “privilege” to have Paul Scholes play for him.
“He has always been fully committed to this club and it has been a real privilege to work with him for so many years,” Sir Alex Ferguson said. “Paul will play at Old Trafford on Sunday against Swansea and will collect an unbelievable but well-deserved 11th Premier League medal.”