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Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes
Complete Name: Paul Scholes
Nationality: English
Place of Birth: Salford, England
Date of Birth: 16/11/1974
Height: 170 cm
Weight: 70 kg
National Team: England
Current Club: Manchester United
Position: Midfielder


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Club career history

Manchester United (England)


1999 Intercontinental Cup winner (Manchester United)
1996 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
1997 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
1999 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
2000 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
2001 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
2003 Premiership Champions (Manchester United)
1996 FA Cup winner (Manchester United)
1999 FA Cup winner (Manchester United)
2004 FA Cup winner (Manchester United)
2003 League Cup Finals (Manchester United)


Paul Scholes (born November 16, 1974, in Salford, Greater Manchester) is an English football player who has spent his whole career at Manchester United.

With his distinctive head of ginger hair (he is sometimes referred to as "The Ginger Prince") Paul Scholes has been one of the most influential players at Manchester United for the last decade and a key component in United's success during this period. He is an attacking midfielder par excellence. He scores vital goals at vital times, and he times his runs into the box as well as any midfielder playing the game today. Scholes has often been described as the most natural finisher at United during his time there, but he also possesses a thunderous shot that has led to many spectaclular long-range goals. United fans frequently sing (to the tune of Kumbaya) "Paul Scholes, he scores goals" during matches. He is also known for his extremely erratic tackling. This dubious facet of his game has seen him booked and occasionally sent off in numerous important matches, as he invariably plays the man and not the ball.

Salford-born Scholes joined Manchester United as a trainee on leaving school in the summer of 1991 and in his first season guided the club to victory in the F.A. Youth Cup. He did not make his breakthrough into the Old Trafford team until the 1994-95 season, when he made 17 league appearances and scored five goals. The 20-year-old Scholes proved himself to be a promising understudy for the likes of Eric Cantona and Andy Cole. In the F.A. Cup final he twice came close to scoring goals which would have seen United and not Everton win the F.A. Cup.

Scholes was unable to secure a regular first team place until the 1997-98 season, when he played in midfield after the ninth game when Roy Keane was ruled out by injury. He had already made his England debut the previous summer in a 2-1 friendly win over South Africa at Old Trafford, and was part of the England squad for the 1998 World Cup.

In 1998-99, Scholes was a key player in Manchester United's Premiership title, F.A. Cup and UEFA Champions League "Treble" success. He scored one of United's two goals against Newcastle in the F.A. Cup final but was ruled out of the Champions League final victory over Bayern Munich through suspension, brought about by a yellow card received in the semi-final away tie against Juventus. He also managed a hat-trick for England in a game against Poland.

Since then, Paul Scholes has established himself as an excellent midfielder at both club and international levels but announced his retirement from international football in August 2004, stating that club football was of the utmost priority and that he vowed to excel with the team that had seen the highs and lows of English football with him, though part of the reason could have been him being asked to play on the left for England during Euro 2004, which was not suited to his free-flowing, passing and penetrating game. England coach Sven-Goran Eriksson revealed that he repeatedly tried to coax Scholes out of international retirement but was rebuffed each time. Most observers now agree he has been one of the most exciting midfielders in the modern game. He is also considered as one of the greatest midfielders of all time for England and Manchester United by many. He has averaged double digits in goals scored per season for his whole career and is well equipped in his heading too, despite being only 1.7m tall.

In ten years as a first team player at Manchester United, Paul Scholes has won six Premiership titles, three F.A. Cups, the European Cup and the Inter-Continental Cup, amongst many other personal accolades.

He has been ruled out for the rest of the current season with unexplained blurred vision.

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