Paul Scholes

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Paul Scholes (born 16 November, 1974 is an English football player who has spent his entire career at Manchester United.

By Paul Scholes

  • "When it's over I just want to be able to look in the mirror and say, 'Well, you were a half-decent player.'" [1]
    • A young Paul Scholes when asked about his career ambitions upon signing with United as a teenager

About Paul Scholes

  • "No celebrity bullshit, no self promotion - an amazingly gifted player who remained an unaffected human being."[3]
  • "I love watching little Paul Scholes, he’s so in control of what he’s doing and is always so accurate and pinpoint with his passing – it’s just beautiful to watch" [4]
    • Sir Bobby Charlton, Manchester United legend, current member of the board of directors at the club.
  • "There isn't a player of his mould anywhere in the world." [5]
  • "He is not as good a tackler as you - but I really like him. He's a little boy, but the power in that shot...he can really shoot." [6]
  • "Paul is football crazy. I've followed him since I took his first-year team all the way through. And while Paul is not very socially confident, give him a group of lads, a football and he's certainly not quiet."[7]
    • Mike Coffey, former scout for Manchester United.
  • "For me, it's Paul Scholes. He'll do ridiculous things in training like say, "You see that tree over there?" - it'll be 40 yards away - "I'm going to hit it". And he'll do it. Everyone at the club considers him the best."[8]
    • Rio Ferdinand, Manchester United teammate when asked who he considers the best player at United.
  • 'I think we were all disappointed because we all know what he can do. He's always in the right position, always seems to be at the end of the box when the ball drops in. The complete midfielder - when he's fit, he's the best. Some go missing but he's in the right place at the right time. He's my favourite player of all-time, unbelievable. If you give him a chance it's a goal, isn't it?"[9]
    • Micah Richards, defender for Manchester City, speaking about Scholes' decision to stay retired prior to World Cup 2006.
  • "England have lost their best player." [10]
    • George Best, speaking about Scholes' decision to retire from international football.
  • "People say he is a great player, but you have to define what a great player is. For me, it is a player who has a bottom level that means his worst performance is not noticed. If he is having a bad game, a teammate might feel Paul Scholes is not quite on his game, but a spectator wouldn't notice. Scholes, of all the players I have played with, has the highest bottom level." [11]
  • He has an eye for a pass, for what the play or the game needs at that precise moment, that I have never seen anyone else have. These days he doesn't get into the box too many times, which is where you can see his age, but he has developed tactically. He controls and distributes the play and the game better than anyone I have ever seen." [12]
    • Schmeichel
  • "Everyone of us should emulate him. We can all learn from Paul Scholes." [13]
  • "My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder. Scholes is undoubtedly the greatest midfielder of his generation."
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