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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Paul Aaron Scholes, Known as Paul Scholes, The Rocket Launcher & "Scholesy" (born November 16, 1974) is a player who has spent his whole career at Manchester United. One of the most decorated players of his generation.

Paul Scholes is quite simply one of the best attacking midfielders in the game. His blinding runs through center field make him a nightmare to any defence. His ball-skills and precise vision make him a dangerous deliverer of accurate passes, and his shots from outside the area are truly spectacular.
A product of
Manchester United, Scholes sits high on the list of United's most important players. He featured prominently in England's Under-18 1993 European Championship winner's squad following his FA Youth Cup the year prior. Scholes played his first professional match for United against Ipswich Town in September 1994 scoring both goals in the 3-2 loss. The following season Scholes became a regular in United's ranks, winning the coveted 'double' FA Cup and Premiership title.

There is no end to the list of clutch goals in his repertoire both for club and country. scored in his first international appearance against Italy and appeared in all four of 1998 World Cup Final matches. He also managed to find the back of the net against ScholesEngland'sBarcelona, Bayern Munich, and most importantly against Inter Milan in Manchester United'striumphant 1998/1999 Champions League campaign. His two goals against Scotland sent England through to the 2000 Eurocup. Scholes led the scoring in United's 2001/2002 Champions League campaign before his form dipped the following season. The arrival of Argentine Juan Sebastian Veron meant a change in tactics by manager Sir Alex Ferguson that didn't seem to suit Scholes' style.

Paul Scholes announced his retirement from international football in August 2004, stating that club football was his utmost priority, and he vowed to excel with Manchester United. In ten years as a first team player at Manchester United, Paul Scholes, has won six Premierships titles, three FA Cups, the European Cup, and the InterContinental Cup, amongst many other personal accolades. Scholes was ruled out for the second half of the 2005-06 with blurred vision. The cause of this was initially uncertain, at first leaving Scholes' career in the balance. He overcame this problem through the beginning of the year and he appeared in United's final game of the 2005–06 season, against Charlton Athletic. Reportedly, Scholes' vision has not been completely recovered.