Paul Scholes

Where is Paul Scholes now?

Manchester United legend Paul Scholes first retired from playing after his side won the league in the 2010-2011 season.

Arguably one of the greatest midfielders to ever play for the club he won virtually every team competition including 11 Premier League titles, three FA Cups and two UEFA Champions League trophies.

Often criticised for his tough tackling (he received four red cards in the Premier League), his workrate, passing and skills on the pitch have many labelling him as the best English player to have played in the Premier League.

 

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Scholes often admitted that he may have retired too soon therefore it was no surprise when he announced in January 2012 that he would be re-signing for Manchester United for the remainder of the season.

He was a revelation upon his return and played so well that he committed himself to a further year playing but retired again at the end of the 2012-13 season at the same time as legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson.

Scholes was immediately offered a coaching role by new United manager David Moyes but turned it down as he wanted to take time out from football to spend with his family.

In April 2014 he returned to United to assist caretaker manager Ryan Giggs after the dismissal of David Moyes but moved aside at the end of the season.

Away from football he is part-owner of Salford City along with his old ‘Class of 92’ team-mates who each have an equal stake in the club as well as a university called UA92 which is backed by Lancaster University and Trafford council.

In June 2016, Scholes made a brief return to football to play for Bengaluru Royals in the inaugural 10 day Indian Premier Futsal league as one of their marquee players. He also returned for the 2017 tournament.

In October 2017, Scholes was interviewed for the vacant manager’s job at Oldham Athletic but was unsuccessful with the role going to caretaker manager Richie Wellens.

He eventually joined as their new manager in February 2019 following the dismissal of Frankie Bunn but left after just seven games in charge following interference with first-team affairs by the owner.

Away from football coaching he works as a pundit and game analyst across the football broadcasting networks and also writes a football column for The Independent newspaper.

In April 2019 Scholes hit the headlines when it was revealed that he had placed 140 bets on football matches between the 17th August 2015 and 12th January 2019. He was subsequently fined £8,000.

The FA tightened up their rules on gambling in 2014 and brought in a blanket ban for anyone involved in the game at any level in the league pyramid.

Scholes’ daughter Alicia has followed him into professional sport and is a promising netball player who has represented the England under-21’s side.

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Paul Scholes: Premier League Statistics

NationalityEnglish
PositionMidfielder
Appearances499
Goals107
Yellow Cards97
Red Cards4
Premier League Teams Played forManchester United

Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com