Thursday 17 August 2017

A career less ordinary

In an incredible career for club (150 goals in 676 games for Manchester United) and country (14 goals in 66 England games), Paul Scholes has seen it all and done it all.

Show us your medals

10 Premier Leagues (1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011)

2 Champions Leagues (1999, 2008)

3 FA Cups (1996, 1999, 2004)

2 League Cups (2009, 2010)

Fifa Club World Cup (2008)

Intercontinental Cup (1999)

Career highlights

1. England 3-1 Poland, Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley (March 1999)

Hat-trick in Kevin Keegan's first game.

2. Man Utd 1-0 Barcelona, Champions League semi-final, second-leg (April 2008)

Scholes smashes a vicious long-range shot from 25 yards into the top corner (right). United go on to beat Chelsea in the final.

3. Bradford 0-4 Man Utd, Premier Lge (March 2000)

Scores one of the great Premier League goals. He connects with a stunning right-footed volley from edge of area before the ball hits the ground after David Beckham's corner.

What the world's best say

Thierry Henry:

"He knows how to do everything. The best I have seen in the Premiership in the middle of the park."

Zinedine Zidane:

"Scholes is the greatest midfielder of his generation."

Wayne Rooney:

"He's the best I've played with and against."

Cesc Fabregas:

"He is the one whose level I aspire to. He is the best player in the Premier League."

Xavi:

"Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything. If he was Spanish maybe he would have been valued more."

Alex Ferguson:

"We are going to miss a truly unbelievable player."

Seeing Red

He was sent off nine times for United and one for England. His worst three:

Everton 1-0 Man Utd, Premier League (April 2005).

Receives a second yellow for a reckless kick on Kevin Kilbane.

Man City 1-0 Man Utd,

FA Cup semi-final (April 2011)

Terrible wild and high challenge on Pablo Zabaleta.

Man Utd 1-2 Zenit St Petersburg, European Super Cup (August 2008)

Emulated Maradona when he punched Wes Brown's cross into the top corner as United chased an equaliser.

And one that got away:

Barcelona 2-0 Man Utd, Champions League final (May 2009)

Chops down Sergio Busquets. Somehow he only receives a yellow.

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