Testimonial August 5th 2011 v New York Cosmos
Regarded by team mates and opponents alike as one of the finest midfield players in the world, Paul Scholes began training with United at the tender age of 14. He was a member of the 1993 side that reached the FA Youth Cup Final, and made his senior bow in September 1994.
Initially a forward he converted to central midfield in 1997, although he continued to contribute goals regularly often from a deep lying forward role. Scholes scored 20 goals during 2002/03 - a career best.
He developed into a hugely influential player, stamping his authority on the midfield, setting up United attacks with precision passing and breaking up opposition attacks with ferocious tackling. Unfortunately on occasion he was guilty of lunging tackles which brought him 97 yellow cards in the Premier League, and he was dismissed four times..
Scholes won eleven Premier League titles in his time at Old Trafford, together with the FA Cup three times, the Champions League twice, the League Cup twice, the Intercontinental Cup and FIFA Club World Cup. He also won 66 England caps before he announced his retirement from international football in August 2004.
Scholes retired at the end of the 2010/11 season but in January 2012 reversed his decision and joined up with United's squad pushing for the title. He subsequently signed a one year contract for the 2012/13 season, at the end of which he retired for a second time.