It was a rainy day in Manchester, and the locals were getting ready for a classic cup clash with bitter rivals Manchester City. Manchester City versus Manchester United, nothing can get bigger than this. Both sets of fans came into the stadium anticipating a regular match with no surprises. However, things didn’t go to plan. Paul Scholes a local lad from Salford came out of retirement aged 37 years old. Scholes retired in May 31 2011, making 676 appearances and scoring 150 goals for Manchester United. He was the best midfielder in his generation. He was technically gifted and had an eye for goal.
On May 31 2011, Manchester United lost a legend. Paul Scholes decided it was time to hang up his boots. After the Champions League final many people believed that it was Paul Scholes’ final appearance for Manchester United. The Barcelona players knew it too. Paul Scholes was first used as an attacking midfielder scoring some vital goals early on in his career. He then developed into a box-to-box midfielder, scoring goals and also stopping them. Long range shots and long-range passes were his strengths, his weakness was tackling, earning quiet a few cards in his time. Scholes endured a great playing career, playing in two Champion League finals and won them both. He was suspended for the famous 1999 Champions League final. On the 24th of January 2006, Paul Scholes was ruled out for the rest of the campaign. He had been suffering double visions in his right eye after the Birmingham City match on December 28th. This was Scholes’ low point in his career. He later retired from international football to concentrate on winning trophies with United.
After his retirement, Scholes became Manchester United’s reserve coach. His presence with the younger players impacted their performance on the pitch. After a few months Scholes wanted a change. A few days before the Manchester derby, Paul Scholes wanted to speak to Ferguson about coming out of retirement. He eventually came out of retirement and was given the number 22 shirt. Scholes started with a bang. His first game back was against bitter rivals Manchester City. He came on as a substitute, and completed more passes than the entire City team. Later on, on his first Premier League game he scored a goal and his passing had a 90.04% success rate. Scholes without a doubt improved his attacking third passing. He has been successful in most of his attacking third passes.
As you can see here, his attacking third passes aren’t the best, but Manchester United have been benefiting from them. United haven’t lost a single league match whenever Scholes featured. His eye for goal is a danger for the opposition, and his long rage passing is probably the best out there. Many Manchester United fans and journalists are predicting that Scholes will continue onto next season at United. Other fans think that it’s not the best thing. They think it’s time for a change, out with the old and in with the new. That doesn’t seem right to me. Each team needs a mixture of experienced players with a blend of young talent, and Manchester United have that. Paul Scholes is an important figure in the dressing room. All the players look up to him, given the fact that he’s a one-club player. Many think that Scholes is the perfect central midfielder, however a few fans, including me think otherwise. There are same areas of Paul Scholes’ game that needs slight improvement.
Some of his strengths are short and long rage passing, long shots, and leadership on the field. These traits are vital for any footballer, especially a footballer that plays for Manchester United. However, many people don’t realise that there are other stuff that Scholes is excellent at, but can’t see it in front of them. His aggression is superb; the fact that he’s a local lad helps too. However, he’s not the tallest person on the pitch, although he’s never afraid to get stuck in. He always loves a good tackle. Speaking about his strengths, his passing is second to none. He can pick out a pass from anywhere. Whether it’s 10 yards away or 65 yards away, Scholes has that skill. Which is very vital for a central midfielder. It’s a rare quality. Xavi, Gerrard, Xabi Alonso, Iniesta, Lampard, and Scholes are the only players who spring to mind when you think of long-range passers. These six players are world class, because of that trait that sets them apart from the rest of the central midfielders.
When we talk about his weaknesses only one thing springs to mind, his tackling. Good old Scholes can’t tackle. We’re talking about a player who has 146 yellow cards to his name, for a central midfielder. He averages 9.44 yellow cards a season. He has been sent of 10 times as well. He averages 0.66 sending offs a season. He needs to work on his tackling. Scholes is almost 38 and some fans think he shouldn’t improve. He’s too old. However, I think Scholes should practice his tackling. It’s never to old to learn something new. Given the fact that there is speculation that Scholes might extended his contract until the next season, it won’t hurt if he improves. Sir Alex hints that Scholes might continue, he had this to say: “With the form he’s showing at the moment, there’s no reason to think he couldn’t play on.”
What does the future hold for Scholes? I personally think if he can extend his stay for another season, he’ll easily earn three medals at least. A premier league this year, community shield next season, another league medal the following season, and maybe a domestic cup, even a Euros championship with England if Harry Redknapp decides to take charge of the national time. Time after time Redknapp states that Scholes would be a great addition to England, and that Scholes is the best midfielder the country has seen. So why not? He might go to Poland and Ukraine and run the show for the three lions. Things are looking good for Scholes. If he does carry one for another season I personally think he’s going to play another 50 games, score 5 goals, gets one red card, and 12 yellow cards. Without a doubt, every Manchester United fan had a smile on his face when Scholes was in the squad to face Manchester City. Hopefully next year he brings many smiles to our faces.