Manchester United confirmed on Saturday that midfielder Paul Scholes was to follow in his managers footsteps and retire from football at the end of the season.

The midfield maestro who had been looked upto as a cult figure by the likes of Xavi, Cesc Fabregas and Xabi Alonso, retired two years ago, before missing the game and returning back to the club.

At 38-years old, the time is right for Scholes to retire after making over 700 appearances for the club throughout his glittering career where he has won notable trophies including the Premier League and Champions League.

It was on the cards that the player described as ‘sat nav’ for his precision passing was to retire, with his season being blighted by injuries.

The former England International bowed out after 63 minutes of the clubs 2-1 victory over Swansea City this afternoon, and went off to a standing ovation from the United beloved.

He will be missed, and was a player who would walk into any team in world football, including National teams with his pass and move ethos being looked upto, and hopefully will move his qualities into coaching the grass roots of football going forward.


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