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Quiet off the pitch, Explosive on it
Member Name: paulie1975
Date: 04/02/09, updated on 04/02/09 (77 review reads)
Advantages: Sublimely gifted, great passer, good goalscorer, great footballing brain
Disadvantages: He can't tackle for toffees
One of the great unsung players of the last decade, Paul Scholes is admired around the world as the most technically gifted English footballer of his generation. Brought through the same Manchester United youth team as David Beckham, Gary and Phillip Neville and Nicky Butt, Scholes has proved to be one of Sir Alex Ferguson's most influential and loyal players.
Paul Scholes signed for United youth team on 8 July 1991 and turned professional 18 months later on 23 July 1993, he won an F.A.Youth Cup winners' medal in 1992 and a runners up medal in the same competition a year later. He was also a member of the England under-18 team which won the European Championships in 1993. Unfortunately that was to be the only honours he ever gained with England.
Scholes has played 405 games for Manchester United scoring 96 goals, he began as a prolific attacking midfielder who could play in the hole or up front, and was possibly at his peak as the Attacking fulcrum balanced by Roy Keane in the all conquering treble winning United team in 1998-99. Unfortunately for both players they missed the Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich through suspension. He is still an important member of the United team today but is able to play some, not all games and control them with his vision, drive and passing ability, he has been heard to state he will retire within the next two years, but has also made clear that his dream is to finish his career at his beloved Oldham Athletic.
Scholes played 66 times for England and scored 14 goals, his career never took off for his country as many hoped and he eventually retired in 2004 as he was being moved into positions such as Left Midfield to cater for the still inconsistent partnership of Lampard and Gerrard. It has been a big loss to the country when a calm passing influence has been needed, but his retirement has probably prolonged his United career.
Scholes has won the following honours during his time in the game:
Premier League: 1995-96, 1996-97, 1998-99, 1999-00, 2000-01, 2002-03, 2006-07, 2007-08
FA Cup: 1996, 1999, 2004
Football League Cup: 2006
FA Community Shield: 1994, 1996, 1997, 2003, 2008
UEFA Champions League: 1999, 2008
Intercontinental Cup: 1999
FIFA Club World Cup: 2008
Barclays Premiership Player of the Month: January 2003, December 2003, October 2006
PFA Team of the Year: 2002-03, 2006-07
English Football Hall of Fame: 2008
Scholes is a wonderful player and one of the best players of his generation, his passing is sublime, his vision is exceptional, he can score goals and while he is no longer the poacher of old, his recent screamer against Tottenham in the FA cup was testament to that. He can't tackle and has always been liable to get a booking or two, but that just makes him the player he is, quiet off the pitch, he is a true leader on it.
Summary: Englands loss is Uniteds gain