Scholes: 20 years as a pro

Paul Scholes

There was little fanfare from the maestro on Wednesday; it would, in all honesty, be more surprising if Paul Scholes actually knew the significance of the date: 23 January, 1992. Remember it, for these moments come by but once in a lifetime – two decades on from Scholes inking a signature on his first professional […]

Resurrectus

Paul Scholes

Easter is the time of resurrection; a movable period in the Gregorian calendar when followers of the Christian faith celebrate the death and rebirth of a savior. Apt then, perhaps, with Easter just past that Manchester United’s own resurrection this season should be catalysed by the return of a fallen son, Paul Scholes. Indeed, on […]

Desperados

Carlos Tevez

When Patrick Vieira, this week, labelled Paul Scholes’ return to Manchester United “desperate,” the former Arsenal midfield struck a chord. After all, Sir Alex Ferguson’s decision to re-recruit the 37-year-old midfielder came just months after Scholes had retired, with the player’s admission that his ‘legs had gone’, firmly front-of-mind. Almost three months after the midfielder’s […]

Legends prepared as squeaky bum time approaches

Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs

There were many remarkable aspects to Manchester United’s victory at Norwich City on Sunday: Ryan Giggs’ goal on his 900th appearance for the club; a last-minute winner; the combined age of the Reds’ goalscorers; that United had, for so long, been under the cosh. Yet, there is a reason United score so many late goals, […]

Legendary pair offer inspiration for youthful future

Ryan Giggs

Twenty years ago, almost to the day, Ryan Giggs was helping Manchester United’s youth side into the quarter-finals of the FA Youth Cup. As the current youth crop beat their Swansea counterparts 5-1 on Thursday night, Giggs, alongside that other doyen of the United squad, Paul Scholes, is almost incredibly preparing to face Chelsea at […]

Scholes’ return points to end for young Reds

The news of Paul Scholes’ return to Sir Alex Ferguson’s squad shortly before the FA Cup Third Round tie against Manchester City seemingly provoked a wave of optimism among Manchester United fans, with polls across the web supporting the Salford-born midfielder’s re-integration. Manager, players, pundits and former Reds were all universally upbeat about the 36-year-old’s […]

Poll: will Scholes’ return be a success?

Paul Scholes has signed up for a (second) final season at Manchester United, with the club having registered the 36-year-old until May. It’s a surprise turnaround for a player who retired after United’s loss to Barcelona in the Champions League final last year. Fans and pundits have questioned whether Scholes will be a success second […]

Scholes’ plaster for a gaping wound

Paul Scholes

So the rumours were true and Paul Scholes’ retirement is on hiatus for the season’s conclusion. The former-cum-current Manchester United midfielder’s 31 minute cameo in the FA Cup derby on Sunday concluded a week’s fevered speculation. Indeed, with United’s midfield depleted by injuries to Tom Cleverley and Darren Fletcher Scholes’ turnabout comes at an opitune […]

Carrick’s midfield mission impossible

With Manchester United’s bid for Wesley Sneijder seemingly run aground on the financial rocks Sir Alex Ferguson has admitted this week that the Reds may not bring in a direct replacement for Paul Scholes. With United’s sights aimed high, Ferguson told press gathered on the club’s US tour that only the very best will do […]