One from 10 to replace Scholes

Eden Hazard

Paul Scholes retirement at the age of 36 has heightened Manchester United’s already acute need for a midfield playmaker. Anderson’s inconsistency, Darron Gibson’s likely departure and Tom Cleverley’s youth means that Sir Alex Ferguson’s is desperately short of central midfield creativity. Rant offers 10 potential options, should Ferguson dip into the transfer market this summer, […]

World salutes the great, the incomparable, Paul Scholes

How apt of Paul Scholes to slip away on a family holiday while the world of football mourns his retirement. The little ginger kid with magic in his feet, who’d rather disappear into the shadows than listen to the inevitable plaudits. No celebrity for Scholes; no VIP restaurants, overpriced nightclubs, billboards or TV adverts; no […]

Scholes ante Xavi

Paul Scholes

Xavi Hernándexz, a truly outstanding player over the past decade, picked up second place at the FIFA Ballon d’Or tonight. Yet, the Spaniard’s award is little more than a reminder of the preeminent talent displayed on English shores for the past 20 years; a talent that has received no international recognition – Paul Scholes. Like Xavi, […]

Rooney misses three weeks

Wayne Rooney will miss three weeks and four games with the ankle injury that has kept the striker out of tomorrow”s Champions League game with Valencia. Sir Alex Ferguson confirmed that Rooney’s injury is worse than initially thought, with the striker out of games against Sunderland and West Bromwich Albion. The striker will also sit […]

Genius Scholes need not fight the fight one time too many

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes says the coming season may not be his last despite Sir Alex Ferguson begging the flame-haired midfielder to put off retirement this summer. With his teammate Ryan Giggs still running up and down that wing, Scholes could yet play beyond his 37th birthday. Why not, for while the legs have gone the 600-game […]

Three amigos bridge generation gap

When Jose Mourinho takes charge of Manchester United in summer 2012 he will have on his coaching staff three recently retired club legends. That’s the scenario posed by the week’s events, with the Portuguese signing on at Real Madrid, while Paul Scholes, Ryan Giggs and Gary Neville were each offered coaching roles at Old Trafford. […]

Scholes: Manchester > England

Paul Scholes

Paul Scholes turned down Fabio Capello’s plea to join the England squad at the World Cup in South Africa this summer, preferring instead to stay in Manchester with his wife and kids. Capello wanted Scholes, who retired from international football aged just 29, to add quality to an England midfield desperately short of experience. Still […]