To me personally, Paul Scholes is the best midfielder in the world. When i started having interest in soccer thanks to the World Cup fever back in 2002, this specific Manchester United player caught my attention with his signature rocket goals. Of course, he was a play-maker himself reigning Manchester United midfield through his own style.
5 August @ Old Trafford
Attendance : 74,731
Manchester United 6 – 0 New York Cosmos
Rooney 28′ PEN
Diouf 69′ 74′
United: De Gea (Lindegaard 45), Rafael (Evans 45), Evra (Fabio 45), Ferdinand (Smalling 45), Vidic (Jones 45); Nani (Cleverley 62), Scholes (Pogba 74), Giggs (Anderson 45), Young (Diouf 62); Berbatov (Welbeck 45), Rooney (Macheda 62).
Scholes performed yet another classic signature goal of his own on the field during his testimonial match to bid farewell to Manchester United. Awesomeness. T__T
Couldn’t be more happy for him with the amount of achievements he had through out the years he kept himself playing as a professional football player.
Paul Scholes 1994-2011
466 BPL Appearances
10 BPL Champion
4 BPL Player of the month
3 PFA Team of the year
130 European Appearances
2 UCL Champion ’99 & ’08
24 Major Titles
66 England Caps – 14 Goals
Thanks for the memories
Paul Scholes signed off his Old Trafford career with a goal to remember and hoped he’d left the United fans with some enduring memories.
The midfield marvel struck a ferocious drive past New York Cosmos skipper Brad Friedel to set the tone for an accomplished performance as Sir Alex’s champions romped to a 6-0 victory in the testimonial clash.
Scholes may famously shun the limelight but he took to the microphone on the pitch at the final whistle to thank the sell-out crowd and those who had helped him in his illustrious career.
“Over the last 16-17 years, the fans have always been great to me,” he said. “I just hope I can give them some memories.
“I want to say ‘thank you’ to quite a few people – the manager, coaching staff, everybody involved with the club have been great to me over the years and I can’t say how grateful I am for that.
“To the players – I’ve been privileged to play with so many good players at this club, it’s been a great pleasure. To my family, who mean the world to me and also the people who organised tonight as I know how much hard work has gone into this. And, finally, to Eric and his New York Cosmos for being able to put a team together. Also I’d like to thank Nicky Butt and Gary Neville, it was great playing with them over the years.
“I just want to say ‘thank you’ to everyone. The goal was nice, that’s what I say it’s about memories. I just hope I’ve given the fans some decent memories. It was a really nice goal and I was pleased with it.”
A modest Scholes added to MUTV: “It was special to me to score a goal and play my last game here.
“I didn’t need anyone to tee me up and I had a couple more chances and maybe should’ve scored two or three. It wasn’t to be but I’m really happy with the goal.
“I hate taking penalties, it’s just something I’ve not been comfortable with since probably missing against Arsenal all that time ago. I’ve never fancied doing them and Wayne [Rooney] is going to need some practice before the start of the season so it was good for him and a great penalty.”
The future still looks bright for United with several youth-teamers ready to progress into the squad this term.
“This club and manager have always treated youth as a major part of it,” he added. “We got our chance when we were young. If you’re good enough, he’ll definitely give you a chance.
“We’ve got a great youth team who went on to win the Youth Cup so, this year, you’ll see four or five break through.”
And a final word from the understated genius? “I’m just glad it’s all over, to be honest.” You won’t find any United fan echoing that sentiment.
Source : ManUtd.com