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Date: 13/09/01, updated on 13/09/01 (217 review reads)
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Of the current squad no one epitomises the spirit of Manchester United more than Paul Scholes. The ultimate professional, dedicated, passionate and committed, he is the type of player who makes a managers life easy. Committed to the red cause, and vastly gifted, and always working to improve his game he is one of the most popular players at the club. Strangely, his future was not always at Old Trafford. Back in 1995 when Scholesy was still playing as a striker, Fergie offered him in a player plus money deal to bring Wolves defender Dean Richards to Manchester. Luckily Wolves turned the deal down, and the two players have seen their careers go in vastly opposite directions. He is now one of the most valuable and coveted midfielders in Europe with a price tag in excess of £30m. Besides his vast talent, he is also a supremely modest man who lets his football do the talking.
He is easily the most complete English midfielder around right, and one of the best in his position in Europe. Of past players, he is most like Bobby Charlton in his style of play, and attitude to the game. He started life as a striker, but a lack of size and no real searing pace saw him fall back into the centre of midfield where the departure of Charlie and Robbo gave him the perfect opportunity to make a name for himself alongside Keano. He has great stamina to cover every blade of grass on the pitch, the ability to carry the ball well, and a superb range of passing. He is a passionate and frequent, although not always clinical, tackler, able to mix it with anyone in the middle of the park. Further up the field, he hits blistering drives from the edge of the area, and is the scorer of many superb goals. As a shy and modest man, he doesn’t get the respect his talent deserves, and it is only recently that people have started to notice that Scholesy is one of the best in the game.
As the most complete midfielder in England he has few flaws. The main weakn
ess in his game his is over-exuberant tackling which can get out of hand, giving away free kicks in dangerous areas. Its hard to berate a player for his passion and commitment, but he does go over the top, picking up needless bookings. The other problem is that it is impossible to know where to play him. Playing him in a forward position get the maximum goal return, but you lose out on his runs from deep, and range of passing. Playing him in the holding role allows him more possession, but less chances on goal. He isn’t a vocal player, isn’t a potential captain, and needs to play in a team with the likes of Roy Keane who can motivate the side when things aren’t going well. However, it is churlish to even begin to criticise his game.
Although not the corner stone of the Manchester United side, he has been a vital member of the team for the past 5 years, and should play a crucial role for the next 5 years. Having built his career as a midfielder dominating the middle of the park, the arrival of Juan Sebestian Veron may seem him progress further up the park. Having started football as a striker, he has vastly more goal scoring talent than his returns would suggest. Playing in the ‘hole’ behind the striker, providing a link from midfield may prove to be his most effective position. Taking on the role Cantona played for the club, and a position occupied by the likes of Rivaldo and Zidane could see Scholesy lads game develop to a new level. It will allow him to use his full range of passing, make runs from deep, shoot from the edge of the box, and get into the area for close range efforts. His talents are rather wasted having to play a holding role in midfield, and this new role may seem him progress to the ranks of the very best players in the world.
He has been England’s best and most consistent player since the ‘98 world cup when he was given greater responsibility in midfield. His 13 internationa
l goals represents a superb return for a player in his position, and he joins an elite group of players who have bagged an international hat trick at Wembley. If England are to develop further under Erkison, it will be up to Scholes, along with Beckham and Gerrard, to take them there. England have a wealth of midfield talent, and Scholes may eventually push forward where options are more limited, in the same role he is playing for his club. Whatever position he plays, he is vital to England as the attacking lynchpin and if he stays free from injury could join the few England greats with over 100 caps for their country.
It is inconceivable that Scholsey would play his club football anywhere other than Old Trafford. Part of what makes this club so good is that Manchester lads like Schoes, Brown, Butt, Giggs and the Nevilles, who love this club as much as anyone on the terraces, are the nucleus of the side. Manchester United Football Club runs through Scholesy’s veins, and it would be impossible to get rid of him even if you wanted to. He is already part of the most successful side in the clubs history, and has every chance of adding to his already enviable medal collection. Like Roy Keane, he missed the European Cup final in the Nou Camp, and privately he has admitted that he won’t be satisfied until he gets to play in another final. Scholesy has the talent to be one of the games greats as one of the best players in Europe as he approaches his prime.
The impression you get up Paul Scholes is an incredibly content and happy man. He is doing a job he loves at the club he loves in front of the people who love him. He recently signed a new contract that will keep him at Old Trafford to the end of his career, is married to a beautiful woman who recently have birth to his second child, and he has ample time to work on his handicap. The desire is still there to win medals though, especially the European Cup which he missed out on in
’99, so there is no danger of complacency setting in. With a desire burning as brightly as ever, and part of one of the most talented squads in Europe, he may win more medals in the second half of his career than he managed in his first. To sum up Paul Scholes perfectly, I have to lift a quote from opta.co.uk. “While the TV camera's focus on the Beckhams', the microphones are pushed under the noses of the Owens' and the Ginolas' of the world rush off to do another hair advert, there are a number of players plying their trade who simply get on with the job.” Nuff said.