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      25.04.2013 21:26
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      A fantastic footballer. Professional. Role model for youngsters.

      Brought up as a Manchester City supporter you believe that you have to hate anything to do with the enemy, Manchester United. Sometimes you have to hold your hands up and admit a grudging admiration for a player and give credit where credits due. Paul Scholes is one of those players I can't help but admire. Since the inception of the Premier League footballers have been on the downward spiral. Too much money and time, too much too young. Too many times do we hear about footballers in trouble with the law, falling out with their managers and setting fire to their bathrooms and that's just at Manchester City. Scholes has always been a consummate professional and a one club man, also a local lad having been born in Salford. I can't ever remember hearing about him being in nightclubs or knocking about with various women. As I understand it he is a family man. If he's not playing or training he's at home doing whatever it is he does in his spare time. In an interview he once said his perfect day was "train in the morning, pick up my children from school, play with them, have tea, put them to bed and then watch a bit of TV."[ In fact the only newspaper story I can ever remember about his personal life was recently when he left his keys in his range rover while it defrosted and somebody pinched it. Paul Sholes first started training with United at the age of 14. He is asthmatic and suffered from a chronic knee condition when he was a child. These facts make it all the more astounding that he is still contracted to Manchester United at the grand age of 38. Scholes signed professional forms in 1993 but didn't make his debut until the 1994-95 season. I doubt anybody knew what an impact this shy young lad would go on to achieve in the game. HONOURS. To date Paul Scholes has won every domestic trophy. 11 Premier League titles, 3 FA Cups and 2 League Cups. He has won 2 Champions Leagues, 1 Intercontinental Cup and 1 FIFA Club World Cup. 19 medals in all. An impressive haul for any footballer at any level. He has also won 5 Community Shields but I have been told all season by United fans that it doesn't count as a trophy so we'll forget about them. Scholes retired in 2011 but came out of retirement in January 2012. He didn't gain any medals last season but United have just secured their 20th league title in their history taking Scholes Premier League winners medals count to eleven. PLAYING STYLE. One thing that has always struck me about Scholes is his awareness when on the ball. Not a player that is going to dribble through you or devastate you with pace. He is a thinker, playmaker and scorer of spectacular and important goals. He always seemed to have time on the ball and always knew what he was going to do with it, rarely giving the ball away. His position is Central midfield,he has never been what I would describe as an attacking midfielder despite his fantastic goalscoring record. He always put a shift in and worked hard for the team at both ends of the pitch. United have had a plethora of top class central midfielders over the last 20 years but Scholes is one of the only ones that managed to stay the course and beat off all opposition for his position in the team. Zenedine Zidane once described Scholes as "the complete footballer" and says he regrets that he never got the opportunity to play alongside him. Barcelona midfield schemer Xavi says that Scholes is " A role model. For me, and I really mean this, he's the best central midfielder I've seen in the last 15, 20 years. He's spectacular, he has it all, the last pass, goals, he's strong, he doesn't lose the ball, vision. If he'd been Spanish he might have been rated more highly. Players love him." This sentiment was echoed by Barcelona manager, Josep Guardiola, who considered Scholes to be the best midfielder of his generation. High praise indeed from two of the best midfielders you will ever see and one of the best managers of his generation. In 466 games for United, Scholes has scored 102 goals. Not a bad goal to games ratio for a central midfielder. There are two goals in particular that stand out to me throughout his career. The first is one of my all time favourite goals. United were one nil up against Aston Villa. Ryan Giggs played a corner into the area that was headed away beyond the edge of the penalty area. Now as the ball dropped down I doubt many players would be thinking of volleying it. I very much doubt that not many players could have the skill and technique to hit a volley the way Scholes hit this one. Meeting it full on the volley it went like a rocket hitting the underside of the bar and going in. It truly is an amazing goal and in my opinion defies all logic. Not many players in the history of football could of scored it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEBuxDDBRtU The second goal stands out to me for very different reasons. Entering the dying moments the Manchester Derby had been a dead rubber, a nothing game. Patrice Evra crossed from the left and there was Scholes. Johnny on the spot to head home. Not a spectacular goal by a perfect example of how Scholes had a knack of being in the right place at the right time. The goal was especially important as it more or less won the Premier League title for United. All through his career he had scored goals like this, coming up trumps when the team really needed him. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-8KdJh1t1I The one part of Scholes game that he never quite perfected was the art of tackling. The fact that Zidane had called him the complete footballer wasn't particularly true. I've always considered Scholes something of a dirty player. I am sure he has always played on the fact that people used to laugh of his tackles. That's just the way he tackles, he can't help it doesn't quite cut it with me. I have always been of the opinion that he is a fairly cynical player and most of the time knew exactly what he was doing. He has been booked 97 times and has had 4 red cards in the Premier League alone. I'm sure his reputation saved him from a lot more cards as well. INTERNATIONAL CAREER. Scholes played for England at both under 18 level and for the senior England side. Between 1997 and 2004 he made 66 appearances for England scoring 14 goals. He played at the 1998 and 2002 world cups and the 2000 European Championships. He scored both goals in a two nil win at Hampden Park against Scotland in a play off to reach the European Championships with a two one aggregate win. Two more important goals. The emergence of Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard as a central midfield partnership caused Scholes to retire from international football in 2004. Scholes was being played out of position to accommodate the pair. He cited hs family and club career as the reason. His retirement was definitely Englands loss, they lost him for some of the best years of his career and the partnership between Lampard and Gerrard never materialised to be as formidable as everybody thought it would. Marginalising Scholes in my opinion was a huge mistake. Scholes has the ignominy of being the first and last ever England player to be sent off in an international game at the old Wembley stadium. ROLE MODELS. I once had an argument with a friend about footballers being role models. I've always been of the opinion that they don't have a moral responsibility to be one but they do have the influence to make a difference if they choose to. I'm not sure if Scholes would ever want to be considered a role model but he is by his actions whether he likes it or not. On the 16th April 2011 and I was lucky enough to watch City beat United at Wembley in an FA cup stadium. Now bear in mind that we are supposed to be partisan, to hate everything Manchester United. On my right hand side a dad was telling his son to watch Scholes. How he finds space and composed he was when on the ball. He wanted his son to learn from Scholes how to play the game of football. Unfortunately this wasn't really the day to put Scholes on a pedestal. This was for me the day Paul Scholes confirmed that he should of stayed retired. In the 73rd minute Scholes received his marching orders for a high and reckless challenge on City's Pablo Zabaleta. He just couldn't get there to win the ball and Zabaleta nicked it away and was flattened and there ended the young City fans lesson. Don't go on longer than you should. TO FINISH. If my son grows up and wants to play football I would happily point out Paul Scholes as a footballer to look up to and to try to emulate. He is truly a legend of the game and has been a world class central midfielder for both club and country. Difficult for a City supporter to say but the world would be a better place if there were a few more Paul Scholes and a few less Joey Bartons. He has spent much of the 2012-13 season injured so I am quite sure this season will be his last but there is talk of him joining the United coaching staff when he retires from playing for the second time. United couldn't have a better man to pass on his experience and knowledge of the game to any aspiring youngsters looking to make the break into the first team. It remains to be seen if he would want to carry on in the game though, or just retire and spend his days with the family and watching TV. Whatever he decides to do I say good luck to him he has earnt the respect of football players, managers and supporters everywhere and deserves every success. **I FIRST WROTE THIS REVIEW ON 7/4/2013 SO IF THERE ARE ANY INACCURACIES PLEASE LET ME KNOW**

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        04.02.2009 21:32
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        Englands loss is Uniteds gain

        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: Manchester United 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 Individual 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.

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          04.07.2006 14:21
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          Good at his peak

          born in 1974, paul scholes is a mancunian thru and thru joining manchester united as a youngster in 1991. His debut followed in 1994 with a 3-2 defeat to Ipswich. along with the magic midfield that united had in the latter part of the 90's - giggs, keane, scholes and beckham scholes became part of a team that dominated the early half of the premierships history. a comparision to scholes at his height can be made to Stevie G, powerfull runs into the edge of the box followed by a powerdriver into the net, however Gerard looks set to eclipse scholes in international recognition. more recently the form of Scholes has been linked with a downturn in manchester uniteds form, the humiliating failure in this years champions league along with the domestic domination by chelsea

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            03.01.2004 04:15
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            As much as it pains me at times to admit it but Manchester United really do have some talented players and the main bonus from this is that a number of them are English. Although the focus has always been on David Beckham whether it was at United or for England I always felt there was a player in both teams who quite simply was a harder worker, more skilful and all round better player than Beckham. I am of course talking about Paul Scholes a player who keeps himself to himself and gets on with doing what he loves. He's a born and bread Mancunian being from the Salford area of the city he was born in November 1974 he was a Oldham fan as a kid and still follows the club today. He joined Man Utd as a trainee back in 1991 and finally turned professional just 18 months after signing pro forms. When you look at the youth team he came from, many of them still playing for United today it was obvious to see winning came naturally to them picking up the FA youth cup in 1992 and finishing runners up the season afterwards. The first opportunity to impress the footballing world came in September 1994 against Ipswich and despite scoring twice on his league debut United lost 2 - 3. It was here that the talent of the player was noticed and due to suspensions and injuries to the United strike force he became a regular in the first team during the 94/95 season. Although United failed to retain the premiership it was obvious that they had discovered a very exciting player. His England career began in 1997 when he made a scoring debut in a friendly and also grabbed a goal in his first international on home soil at Wembley. Of course he also holds an England record, which I'm sure he'd rather forget being the first English player to be sent off at Wembley. However it's the games like the 3 - 1 win over Poland where he grabbed a Hat trick and left with the match ball, which I feel really shows just how special a player he is. While his Manchester United career has gone from strength to strength there's one thing that seems to have remained. He still comes across as a shy, down to earth guy even now almost 10 years after making his United debut. Unlike his former club colleague, he has by and large managed to keep himself out of the headlines and concentrated on doing what he loves. Both he and his wife Claire, along with son Arron Jake and daughter Alicia are by and large rarely in the media spotlight, which may be part of the reason that he doesn't get the recognition he obviously deserves. Although he started life as a striker it was more when he made the move back into midfield that I felt we really started to see exactly what Scholes could do. For me his best position is just in behind the front line in an attacking position where he can drift between midfield and also make the darting runs late into the box, which have become his trademark. Add to that his wide range of passing and general work ethic and its pretty obvious why Scholes would be the first name down on your team sheet when he's fit. Having won plenty of championships, cups and personnel awards I'm sure one thing Paul wishes he could have played in was the 99 European Cup final, which he missed through suspension and I'm sure that will be enough drive for him to help United reach another final. Having currently reverted back to an almost strikers role to partner Ruud Van Nistelrooy and no doubt many Man Utd fans hope this will lead them to a 9th premiership title. I'm sure there will be a few who disagree that Scholes is one of the best midfielders in the world, popping up with important goals and match winning performances. Although now 29 and signed on with Manchester United till the end of the 2005/6 season there are still exciting things to come from the Ginger assassin and hopefully in the England shirt at this seasons European Championships and the next World Cup. An all ro und quality player. Appearances: 393 Goals: 106 International Caps: 59 Goals: 13

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              Paul Scholes is the best England player we have had for a while now, and although he is going to face tough competition for a place in the Manchester United Squad I believe he has what it takes to remain at the top level, on top of his game, keeping is position in the first team, week in, week out, and I know that he'll be one of the most influential England players. Paul Scholes has been at Manchester United for a while now, he's won many championships with them, as well as European and domestic cups and trophies and I feel that without him they would not be in the commanding position that they're in. As a Liverpool supporter, I feel that Manchester United will come under a lot of pressure from ourselves and from the London clubs, but if there's one Man United player that I'd like to have playing at Anfield - it would be Paul Scholes. A fans favourite, Scholes has scored many top goals, he's also managed to secure a place in the National squad and scores regularly for England - I think he's scored around 11 for us so far, maybe even more. His tactical knowledge and work rate is fantastic - he's accuracy, weight and timing on his passing is amazing and he's got the skills and shooting ability too. A top player, one of the best in the world. 5 Star Scholes.

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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.

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                  30.08.2001 04:24
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                  Paul Scholes is one of a few local players to have made it to the top level with England and United other than the neville brothers and nicky butt which shows how determind and talanted you have to be to make it to the top! Scholes has been hailed as one of Englands best players at the moment which you can see where people are coming from he is always willing to give his all and never gives up even when united or England are losing!Paul still has a long way to go in his career who knows what he will go on to achieve, he has already proven himself to be a top class player! The question that has been asked of him is will he ever go on to be a United great? Profile on Scholes: Squad Number: 18 Position: Attacking Midfielder Birthplace: Salford Birthdate: 16.11.74 Height: 5' 7" - 170cm Weight: 11st 9lb - 74kg Signed Trainee: July 91 Signed Professional: January 93 United Debut: 21.9.94 vs Port Vale (A) -League Cup United League Debut: 24.9.94 vs IpswichTown (A) Full International: England(35 caps,13goals)

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                    Paul Scholes is the best England player we have had for a while now, and although he is going to face tough competition for a place in the Manchester United Squad I believe he has what it takes to remain at the top level, on top of his game, keeping is position in the first team, week in, week out, and I know that he'll be one of the most influential England players. Paul Scholes has been at Manchester United for a while now, he's won many championships with them, as well as European and domestic cups and trophies and I feel that without him they would not be in the commanding position that they're in. As a Liverpool supporter, I feel that Manchester United will come under a lot of pressure from ourselves and from the London clubs, but if there's one Man United player that I'd like to have playing at Anfield - it would be Paul Scholes. A fans favourite, Scholes has scored many top goals, he's also managed to secure a place in the National squad and scores regularly for England - I think he's scored around 11 for us so far, maybe even more. His tactical knowledge and workrate is fantastic - he's accuracy, weight and timing on his passing is amazing and he's got the skills and shooting ability too. A top player, one of the best in the world. 5 Star Scholes.

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                      Scholes has shown time and time again what a valuable player he is for both Man Utd and England. A striker in his youth, he adapted and became an attacking midfielder when breaking through to the first team about 6 or 7 years ago. Then, he had trouble playing regularly as Cantona was ruling the roost in a similar type position. Since his departure Scholes has flourished. He can score goals by ghosting in to the penalty box or blasting spectacularly from miles out and has the uncanny knack of getting many in vital matches. There are some people who rate Scholes higher than Beckham and I'd certainly go with that, in fact, in my opinion, he is the best midfielder in the world. Veron's arrival will mean no doubt even greater competiton in the world's best midfield but I can see Keane going back to partner Stam at centre back where he is excellent and thus making room for a Veron-Scholes central midfield which will be simply unbeatable!

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                        With the arrival of Juan Sebastian Veron from Lazio for a British record fee of £28 million to Manchester United was a bit strange for me. They already have arguable the best four midfielders in the England at the moment with Giggs, Scholes, Beckham and Keane. The big question is who will make way for Veron to play? £28 million is a lot of money, and I’m sure Sir Alex did not pay that much for Veron to sit on the bench. He has four quality midfielders already, so I was a bit surprised when the deal was announced. The signing of Ruud Van Nistelrooy was good, as they could do with more quality strikers, but if anywhere really needed to be strengthened was the defence. Lillian Thuram has joined Juventus recently for the same sort of money to Veron’s move, and so if United had made a move for him, they would not have a selection crisis in midfield and they would have a much better defence, an area that was always the weakest in the Champions league last season. For me Alex Ferguson has several options, play a 3-5-2 formation which is unorthodox and strays from Ferguson’s preference of a 4-4-2 formation. He could use a squad rotation system as used by Chelsea and Arsenal. This has several drawbacks, you can get very little consistence in changing the team constantly, and Beckham and co will not take to kindly to playing from the bench in several matches. Finally he could sell one of the other players. Any of the United four could get a price of £15-30 million at auction, with a whole host of Italian and Spanish clubs to lead the bidding. Here is my run down on who may go: David Beckham – One of the most famous footballers in the world, and more for his hairstyles than his football. Even then he is one of the best midfielders in England, and currently the England international captain. A superb passer and crosser of the ball he can play either in the centre or wide right of a midfield. This versatility could come in us eful if it comes to a squad rotation or selection with five midfielders. Also an expert free kick and corner specialist and would be a huge loss to the team in these departments. Has reportedly signed a new £70,000 a week contract, which includes a percentage of all shirts and merchandising bearing his name. Is unlikely to go if the rumours about his contract are correct, but a number of Italian clubs were interested last season, and with his wife Posh Spice Victoria Adams wanting to live some where more attractive that Manchester could decide to move elsewhere. Still is unlikely to move from United after coming up through the youth system at United. Ryan Giggs – Tricky left-winger, who has caused troubled for defenders across Europe since breaking into the United first team in the 1991/92 season. Older than Beckham and Scholes, at 27 years old. Holds an ace in team selection that he is the only left winger, so will be unlikely to be sold or dropped as often as central and right sided players. Good at running at defenders with the ball the Welsh international has pace and a wicked cross. Has a reputation for not playing in friendly games for Wales and has had troubled with injuries, especially his hamstrings. Scored a great goal against Arsenal in the FA cup two years ago, a true mark of his quality. Probably not to go as it would leave United exposed on the left flank, but again if Ferguson decides to sell there will be no shortage of potential buyers. Paul Scholes - Less of an icon than David Beckham, but mainly because of Beckham’s charisma, not lack of Paul’s football ability. Great at long range shots and has scored some spectacular goals for both club and country. Scored a fantastic goal against Mexico recently and a brace against Scotland that took England to Euro 2000. Has come up through the youth system along with Beckham, Butt the Neville brothers and Giggs. A great passer, and good in the tackle, but has had disciplin ary problems. Also has a great work rate and covers a lot of ground in midfield, getting forward and back so many times in the game. Scholes plays a similar role to Veron, so his place could be in doubt, but is one of the best midfielders in England, and Europe at the moment, and it would be wrong to sell such a talented player Roy Keane – Irish tough tackling and hard working midfielder. He is on a reported £52,000 a week and some feel he is fully deserving of it, inspiring Manchester United to eight league titles and a European Cup victory often as captain. There is no doubting his commitment and passion, but sometimes let it spill over into aggression and as a result has a poor disciplinary record. Still he is talented, scoring some vital goals, is a good passer and an awesome tackler. His reputation stands alone as the tough guy and could United afford to miss this? The man himself – Juan Sebastian Veron – 26-year-old Argentine international signed from next years champion league contenders and Italian giants Lazio. Lazio have had a poor season, despite qualifying for the champions league, they lost the Italian title to city rivals AS Roma and have lost two midfield star players in Veron to United, and Czech Pavel Nedved to Juventus. With money in the bank they could afford to send some big money in the close season, but as yet have not done so. Veron himself is capable of playing in either a central or right sided role in midfield, but is better at getting forward in the Paul Scholes type mould, rather than a tough tackling midfield general like Roy Keane. His main strengths are running forward with or without the ball and can shoot both footed, and from distance. He is also a good all round passer, not in the Beckham bracket, but useful. His past record speaks for itself; starting at Boca Juniors in Argentina he was quickly spotted and signed for Sampadoria in 1996 aged 20. He played for Sampadoria for two seasons, before m oving onto Parma. There he enjoyed success, winning the Italian Cup and the UEFA Cup, before moving to Lazio under now England boss Sven Goran Eriksson. There he was also successful, winning the league, Italian cup again, and beating Manchester United to win the European Super Cup. He is a regular in the Argentine international team, and has won 41 caps scoring 6 goals. Last season Veron was involved in the forged passport scandal that shock Europe, with many South Americans claiming to have European grandparents, but many were found to be fraudulent. Veron was cleared of all wrong doings, and has also not been involved in any drugs scandals, unlike team mate at Lazio Fernando Cuto who is now serving an 18 month ban for nandralone. It is hard to see how Veron is going to fit into the United starting eleven. Manchester United now have five quality midfielders, not counting youngsters Jonathan Greening and Luke Chadwick, and cover Nicky Butt. Unless they play a 3-5-2 formation they are not all going to play, and if Ferguson does adopt a squad rotation system the stars will not be happy and want to move away. It is not a nice headache for Ferguson, having to juggle and fit five players into four slots. Unfortunately my tip to leave will be Paul Scholes. I am a great admirer in his qualities and feel that he is a great player, perhaps even better than Beckham in some ways, but he gets less notice due to a quieter personality. He is and will be a star for many years to come, but maybe not for United. His and Veron’s styles of play are too similar to play with each other. Giggs is the only left sided player, Keane’s graft and grit in the middle is too good to lose, and United will be a poorer team without him, and David Beckham is a superb player, too good a player to lose for his free kicks and corners, also general passing and crossing, but also for his name. Merchandising with Beckham’s name is a big business, so big it is included in his new contract, and is not good business sense for United to throw away one of their biggest assets, even if they pocket £30 million from the sale. No for me Scholes is the one who has to watch his back A big move to Italy could be on the cards, unless he feels like spending a lot of this new season on the bench. It is a pity, as I feel he is too good a player to lose, but it is not possible to see how Scholes can play in the new look United midfield. A 3-5-2 formation would suit everyone, but a defence that looked rickety last season with 4 defenders, would be even more suspect with just three. In an ideal world they could play this, and Paul could play a free role with Veron in the centre, but is unlikely to happen. I fear the worst, and hope I am wrong, but Paul Scholes could be on his way out of United soon.

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                          29.06.2001 06:16
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                          Paul Scholes is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, England, Europe and the world. He is gifted in all departments. He's a great passer. He can pass the ball 50 yards with accuracy without any real problem. He can tackle and hastle ferociously. He can score wonderful goals like his volley from the edge of the box from Beckham's corner. Although Scholes plays in centre midfield i believe he acts as a link between the midfield and the front two. I think Alex Ferguson does this to bring the slickness of a link man but also to keep the shape of the team, in a 4-4-2 formation. Scholes acn play up front if needs be or in his preferred position of centre midfield where he partners Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham. Not a bad midfield! Paul Scholes was born in Salford, Manchester on 16/11/74 and signed for United as a trainee and 18 months later he signed professional terms. During his early years he helped Man United's youth team win the youth team cup and finally got his debut against Ipswich on 24/9/94. So far in Pauls illustrious career he has scored 60 goals for Man United in 165 full starts. He has also been capped by England numerous times and has won FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League glory. Paul Scholes has enjoyed a successful career so far and i'm very positive of his future with or without Man United.

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                            12.05.2001 17:39
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                            Paul Scholes – Paul Scholes has got to be one of the best midfielders in the premiership at the moment. He is such an intelligent player and he can score some great goals. So far this season, I think he has scored about 10 goals for Man United but I feel that he should be aiming for about 15 goals a season. Now to me, this isn't bad at all seeing as their will still be about 3-4 players who will finish on more goals than Scholes. Paul Scholes is part of the fantastic midfield foursome, in the Man United midfield. He usually plays in the centre of midfield with Roy Keane; Beckham plays on the right and Giggs plays on the left. Scholes can also play just behind the front two, as well as actually playing as a striker. Paul Scholes has been at Manchester United for quite a few years now, although he is still fairly young. He joined Man United as a youngster and since he got into the first team a few years ago, he has stayed there. Scholes is a great player and he will continue to be in Man United and England's first team for many years to come.

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                              06.04.2001 03:14
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                              Of all the players in the Premiership, the inevitable "Usual Suspects" that crop up upon the question of who is the best, or most exciting player on English shores will very rarely leave out Manchester United's Paul Scholes. A product of the immense United youth policy from the early to mid-nineties, Scholes earned his footballing stripes alongside the likes of David Beckham, Gary and Phil Neville, Nicky Butt, and a more recent graduate, Wes Brown. And nobody from that list has really achieved anything yet, have they? Well, obviously they have - multiple domestic trophies, a European Cup victory as part of a historic treble and caps for England - proof, if any was needed, that concentration on home-grown talent really can prove beneficial. But whilst Beckham and Giggs leapt to superstar status across the country, the unassuming midfielder snubbed the glare of the press to concentrate on his career - and how the rewards have been reaped. Standing at just around 5'7, Paul Scholes certainly does not look like a footballing genius. But, alas, looks can be deceiving. Bursting onto the scene with a brace of goals on his debut in the League Cup in the season of 1994/95, Scholes was used in the majority as a substitute, behind the irrepressible Eric Cantona. His first season finished with seven goals to his name from only ten full starts alongside fifteen substitute appearances. Used as an out-and-out striker for the first part of his first-team experiences, his opportunies were few and far between with Andy Cole and Ole Gunnar Solksjaer in favour for United. Nevertheless, Scholes proved his worth as a squad player upon the club clinching their second Double victory conbtributing 13 goals on all fronts to the Red Devils' cause. However, it was inevitable that Scholes was to become simply too good for a bit-part role at United, and with other clubs sniffing around in hope of a deal, manager Alex Ferguson began to use him on a more frequent basis. Maturing into a deeper, attacking midfield/playmaker-type role in the central midfield and final third of the pitch, Scholes would prove his worth even more over the coming seasons. An effective pairing with either Roy Keane or Nicky Butt in the "engine room" of Manchester United, Scholes has gone on to gather respect from all the right people. Famously dubbed "United's answer to Kenny Dalglish" (with regard to his Liverpool days), and "England's most valuable player", Scholes has yet to let fame get to his head and constistently performs week in, week out for the side. Best compared with the style of play adopted by such foreign maestros as Francesco Totti of Roma and Italy, or even as England's answer to Zinedine Zidane in some senses, Scholes made a huge impact as an international player with a hat-trick against Poland on Kevin Keegan's debut as England coach. But unlike Michael Owen, Joe Cole and Ryan Giggs, Scholes has been somewhat shielded from the media spotlight, and instead become recognised for more appropriate reasons - his vastly intelligent footballing brain and blistering range of finishing have made him one of the reasons that United have dominated so much in recent years. Now valued within the £20-30m price bracket, if not worth more, all bids would be ignored by Sir Alex as the most famous Salford boy in the game today prepares to assist another assault on domestic and european glory in the 2001/02 season.

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                                16.01.2001 01:55
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                                Paul Scholes is one of the best midfielders in the Premier League, England, Europe and the world. He is gifted in all departments. He's a great passer. He can pass the ball 50 yards with accuracy without any real problem. He can tackle and hastle ferociously. He can score wonderful goals like his volley from the edge of the box from Beckham's corner. Although Scholes plays in centre midfield i believe he acts as a link between the midfield and the front two. I think Alex Ferguson does this to bring the slickness of a link man but also to keep the shape of the team, in a 4-4-2 formation. Scholes acn play up front if needs be or in his preferred position of centre midfield where he partners Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs and David Beckham. Not a bad midfield! Paul Scholes was born in Salford, Manchester on 16/11/74 and signed for United as a trainee and 18 months later he signed professional terms. During his early years he helped Man United's youth team win the youth team cup and finally got his debut against Ipswich on 24/9/94. So far in Pauls illustrious career he has scored 60 goals for Man United in 165 full starts. He has also been capped by England numerous times and has won FA Cup, Champions League and Premier League glory. Paul Scholes has enjoyed a successful career so far and i'm very positive of his future with or without Man United.

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                                Birthplace: Salford, 16/11/1974 Height: 170cm - 5ft 7in Weight: 74kg - 11st 9lb Full International: England (30 caps, 10 goals) Position: Midfielder/Forward Squad Number: 18 Debut: 24.09.1994 Appearances (1994-2001): 248 - 58 as sub Goals: 69 In my opinion, Paul Scholes has established himself to be one of the best midfielders in the premiership. I also feel that he could become one of the best midfielders in the world, if he carries on improving like he has done in recent seasons. Paul Scholes signed for Man United on trainee forms on 8th July 1991. He soon turned professional; eighteen months later on 23rd January 1993. Scholes showed a lot of promise in the Youth and Reserve teams, winning an FA 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. His League debut was against Ipswich Town on 24th September 1994, where he scored twice in a 2-3 defeat. Paul Scholes is part of the fantastic midfield foursome, in the Man United midfield. He usually plays in the centre of midfield with Roy Keane; Beckham plays on the right and Giggs plays on the left. Scholes can also play just behind the front two, as well as actually playing as a striker. As a midfielder, he can score many goals and he is also a player that when he scores, he usually does it in style. So far this season, I think he has scored about 10 goals for Man United and I feel that he will finish on at least 15 goals, come the end of the season. Now to me, this isn't bad at all seeing as there will still be about 3-4 players who will finish on my goals than Scholes. Below are a few extra pieces of information about Paul Scholes. DID YOU KNOW? In 1993 Paul Scholes won Manchester United’s Young Player of the Year Award. Paul Scholes supported Oldham Athletic as a yo ungster. On his full international debut against Italy Paul Scholes was voted man of the match and scored in a 2-0 victory over Italy.

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                                Paul Scholes (born November 16, 1974) is an English football player who has spent his whole career at Manchester United. One of the most decorated players of his generation, Scholes has been praised many times for his modesty and attitude towards the game, his pin-point one touch passing and his goalscoring, both from range and in and around the area.