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Premiership Player Profile – Paul Scholes

Today is the first player profile of our 2nd batch. I and fellow blogger 5stars have already worked through 20 blogs. So we are starting all over again, this time I am doing the teams that 5stars did, and 5stars will be doing the teams I did. So our 21st blog is Paul Scholes of Manchester United, please read and comment below…

The 35 year old midfielder is coming towards the end of his footballing career, and it’s safe to say that Paul Scholes undoubtedly has had a fantastic career with Manchester United and England. Scholes is a Manchester United legend, as he has featured over 400 times for the Red Devils, scoring 99 goals throughout his Premier League career. Therefore his goalscoring tally means that he is only one goal away from scoring 100 League goals in a Man Utd shirt. Scholes noted for his ginger hair has featured for United since 1991 where he was a product of the youth academy. Scholes was able to break on the senior career scene in the year of 1994, his debut coming against Port Vale in the League Cup. From then on, Paul Scholes has adapted to the Premier League like a duck to water.

This season, Scholes has had a fairly decent campaign especially while playing for the Red Devils in the UEFA Champions League. In the Premier League the midfielder has appeared sixteen times, scoring one goal. His only goal in the Premiership this season came against West Ham United, where he netted a cracking goal against the Hammers just before the half time interval. Scholes has always been known for his hard work rate and his tough tackling, as this season Paul Scholes is the most disciplined player on the United team. The Manchester United legend has picked up a total of seven yellow cards and one red card in the Premier League this season. That red card was given to him by Andre Marinner in the 3-1 win against Tottenham earlier this season.

Scholes has scored four times this season, and like I mentioned above his, he has been a huge hit in Europe for Manchester United. Scholes has netted two times in the Champions League, a tournament which Man United were able to progress in. His goals were scored against Besiktas and CSKA Moscow, and his goal against Besiktas was proved to be the winning goal. His other goal so far this season was recently netted in the Carling Cup tie against Man City.

Scholes’s most successful season as a Manchester United player, was way back in the 2002/2003 campaign. Paul Scholes was able to score fourteen goals that season. The former England international has claimed all the honours under the sun while playing for Manchester United, he has won the Champions League on two different occasions, he has also won nine medals as a Premier League winner plus he has three FA Cup honours, one League Cup and four FA Community Shield honours beside his name.

For England, Scholes scored his first ever international goal in the year of 1997. He netted one of two goals in the 2-0 win over Italy. The midfielder also scored a hat-trick against Poland in the Euro 2000 qualification round. Other notable goals were scored against Portugal in a 3-2 loss at the Euro 2000 tournament, plus one goal in a 4-0 thrashing of Mexico. Scholes called time on his England career in the year 2004 and his last ever goal for England was scored in that year, where he scored one goal at Euro 2004 in what proved to be a cracking match against opponents Croatia.. Overall, Paul Scholes is a footballing legend and like Manchester United team-mates Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville, Scholes will always be remembered by the Red Devils faithful.

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