Paul Scholes retires

It’s the end of an era for Manchester United fans: Paul Scholes, a midfield fixture for the Reds since the mid-1990s, has announced his retirement with immediate effect, aged 36.

Scholes, who made his debut for United in 1994, against Barcelona in the Champions League, finished his playing career on the pitch at Wembley, as his boyhood team lost the Champions League final against Barcelona on Saturday.

He came through the class of ’92, a youth team that also contained David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Gary Neville, and during his time on the Old Trafford pitch he won 10 Premier League titles and two Champions Leagues. He also grabbed 66 England caps before retiring from international football at the age of 29, after the Euro 2004 tournament.

‘This was not a decision I've taken lightly but I feel now is the right time for me to stop playing,’ he said. ‘I am not a man of many words but I can honestly say that playing football is all I have ever wanted to do and 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 that 19th title is a great privilege.’

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