There had been speculation about Scholes’ future in the past few weeks and it had looked increasingly likely the 36-year-old would end his hell of a career career at the end of the campaign.
This was not a decision I have taken lightly but I feel now is the right time for me to stop playing.
I am not a man of many words but I can honestly say that playing football is all I have ever wanted to do.
To have had such a long and successful career at Manchester United has been a real honour. To have been part of the team that helped the club reach a record 19th title is a great privilege.
I would like to thank the fans for their tremendous support throughout my career, I would also like to thank all the coaches and players that I have worked with over the years. But most of all I would like to thank Sir Alex for being such a great manager.
From the day I joined the club his door has always been open and I know this team will go on to win many more trophies under his leadership.
Paul Scholes will be joining Manchester United’s coaching stuff from the start of next season. The 36-year-old’s role within the United coaching set-up has still to be outlined, although there could be an opening available with the reserves, where Warren Joyce has been on his own ever since the departure of former Manchester United sensation Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
A member of the unprecedented famed ‘Class of 92’, Scholes made his debut in 1994, going on to make an incredible 676 appearances, the last of which came as a substitute in Saturday’s UEFA Champions League final 3-1 loss against Barcelona at Wembley.
The midfielder’s retirement has earned many tributes from other players across the globe, including former Arsenal striker Thierry Henry who described Scholes as the “best player he’s seen in the middle of the park”.
Twitter Posts :
Rio Ferdinand – @rioferdy5
Paul Scholes retires from football….the BEST player of his generation #fact loved every minute of playing football with him. #legend
Paul Scholes aka Sat Nav went from a scoring midfielder to a dictator of the game(changed his game while still at top of the game) #genius
Going to miss training with him + his cold cutting + dry comments on the bike while warming up next to me on any1 who deserves it! #funny
youngsters got to learn from Sat nav,Just watch him b4 he receives the ball,heads on swivel getting a picture of all around b4 balls arrived
He’ll be coaching,the kids have to watch him b4 he receives the ball,heads on swivel getting a picture of all around b4 balls arrived- #ping
If any1 tried to take a pee in the bushes during training Scholesy would be trying to hit u with a ball smashed from 40yds!! #satnav
Gary Neville – @GNev2
Paul Scholes- The Best! Great Player, Person, Friend! New Song- Local Boy in The Photograph…
Phil Neville – @fizzer18
Sad day today paul scholes retiring-going to miss watching him play,what an example of how to live ur life, class class act-love him!!!!
Samir Nasri – @Nanas08
Sad to hear Paul Scholes is retiring great player world class player the english zizou
Jack Wilshere – @jack_wilshere
Sad to hear Paul Scholes is retiring, what a player! Top class and a great role model for any young #English midfield player!
Robbie Savage – @robbiesavage8
End of an era best midfielder of his generation , class at everything he done , great guy , so hard to be replaced … I will be missed !! Seriously legend is overused .scholesy is a legend ,end of !!!!
Stuart Holden – @stuholden
Gutted I didn’t get to swap shirts w Scholes shirt before he retired, what a player and congrats on a great career!
Wayne Routledge – @WayneRoutledge
#PaulScholes Possibly the best midfielder the Prem has seen…
Gareth Southgate – @GarethSouthgate
Paul Scholes deserves all the accolades he will get on his retirement,most gifted English player of his generation & humble with it #Legend
Jody Morris – @morriskid
Paul scholes…1 of the best english midfielders to ever play the game.. #legend
David Meyler – @DMeyler
Paul Scholes has to be up there with the best midfielder to every play in the Premier League privileged to say I played against him!!
Marc Crosas – @MarcCrosas
Paul Scholes.one of the best midfielders I’ve ever seen!thanks for your football!
Tom Carroll (Tottenham youngster) – @tom_carroll92
Gutted one of my idols Paul scholes is retiring! I loved watching him play and dictate games.. #legend #satnav #topmidfielder
James Vaughan – @vaughany14
Just seen paul scholes has retired.. What a legend he is! Def the best player I have ever played against!
Peter Ramage – @peterramage83
Feel Paul Scholes should b knighted 4 his contribution to football not only a legend of the game but gentleman off it! Simply a 1 off genius
Darren Huckerby – @hucks6dh6
Glad to see Paul Scholes retired while at the top, 1 of the greatest players I ever played against, class act on and off the field #immense
Darren Byfield – @darrenbyfield
Paul scholes has retired,140 characters is not enough2describe how great a player he was,1 ov the best players I have ever seen,world class
Mark Bosnich – @therealbozza
Congratulations to Paul Scholes (arch) on a fabulous career.xmb
Rohan Ricketts – @RohanRicketts
My favourite Man United player, Paul Scholes, has retired. Thank you for all those majestic performances over the years. #education
Patrick Agyemang – @PapaAgyemang
Paul Scholes #Legend #Fact #ThatIsAll
Danny Simpson – @dannysimpson12
Paul Scholes the legend, best footballer iv ever witnessed in real life! #fact