The great Paul Scholes finished his distinguished career with 25 trophies including 11 Premier League titles. Paul Scholes is widely regarded as one of the most talented English midfielders of all time, but there is much more to be admired about the Manchester United legend than simply his technique. More chilled than the Neville brothers; more gifted than Nicky Butt; in some respects, Scholes could be seen as a more placid Roy Keane. And in an era when rocketing salaries saw football stars drift away from the man in the street, as Roy Keane put it, Scholes remained “an unaffected human being” with “no celebrity bullsh*t, no self-promotion, just an amazingly gifted player.” No wonder he is so loved.
What made him so special was that he made Manchester United tick. He was the conductor who created his own symphony. 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. According to me he was one of the best midfielders ever to have played the game. He was complete in every sense, as he had a brilliant passing range, and had a knack of scoring brilliant goals, and that too important ones. He was the most important cog in the United engine room. His passing and vision were simply brilliant. He had the ability to find any player from any corner of pitch. He always had an eye for goal. He scored some screamers from outside the box. The goals against Barcelona,Bradford and Aston Villa are some honorable mentions.
In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen – the most complete – is Scholes. Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything. The world is filled with smart people irrespective of the percentage, and football is the most followed game on the planet. Means, on every street we find people who know the game too well, in and out. In such a world Scholes was at the top for making the best of footballing intelligence and creativity. Paul Scholes is definitely the best Midfielder to have graced England in my opinion. There has not been another player who can control the midfield as gracefully as Paul Scholes does. Footballers all around the world have also acknowledged Scholes as one of the most complete footballer.
It’s a shame that he retired early from England team because he was played in the left wing to accommodate Gerrard and Lampard in the central midfield. That decision prolonged his United career and helped United to win many trophies later. I’ve got a bit of a grudge against Paul Scholes to be honest because he retired from England so ridiculously early. I just can’t forgive that i’m afraid. Fabio Capello begged Scholes to come back from his retirement before the 2010 FIFA world cup, Capello knew Scholes’s ability to wreck havoc against the opposition with his range of passing. The truly great English midfield player of the generation, didn’t just play the game, he thought about the game. Scholes, who spent 19 years at Old Trafford, will forever be regarded as one of the all-time great Premier League midfielders.