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20 Years Later…Another Contract Signed

“Brian Kidd said to me, ‘He’s only tiny, he’s got ginger hair – you’ll probably have a bit of a giggle. But he can’t half play,’” said Eric Harrison, former United coach. “That youth side played on a Saturday morning. We called it the Dream Team. It attracted a fair crowd and their favourite was Scholes. And remember, United fans have been brought up on players like Duncan Edwards – they’re not stupid. The standard was as good as first-team training. And the manager saw Paul and knew about him.”

Twenty years later, Paul Scholes is still at United, and has just signed another deal to keep him here for another year.

Considering Scholes has no agent, the contract negotiations must be fairly quick and straight forward. Complying with the usual method for players over 30, Scholes has signed a year extension with the club.

“Paul is proof that if you look after yourself you can carry on playing and be rewarded at a club of this size,” Ferguson said. “He is 34 now and he has been here since he was 14. That tells you the desire and the ability he has to stay at the top.”

He picked up an injury in our recent trip to Denmark which will keep him out for ten weeks, but the manager holds no fear of him being unable to return to the first team.

“I am very confident Paul will be back,” he added. “He can play for at least another year. I have no fears about that. He has the same characteristics as Gary Neville, who has just come back after 18 months out. They look after themselves and you have to admire that perseverance and determination. Paul has come back repeatedly. He will be working away in the gym so that when he comes back he will be ready.”

Darren Fletcher, another product of the youth team, has been offered a new three year deal, which will keep him at the club until 2012.

“Darren is in the same vein as Paul, Ryan Giggs and Wes Brown in that he is a long-serving member of the team,” said Ferguson. “His consistency and level-headed approach is a great attribute and we are all delighted he has signed a new contract.”

Fletcher has acknowledged the honour of playing for our team and looks forward to any part he can play in our future achievements, after already winning two league titles, the European Cup and the FA Cup with United.

“When you play at such a great club with a great team you always want to be a part of that,” he said. “The spirit here is amazing and I am happy that I can play my part in achieving more success.”

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  1. Patrik says:


  2. suhayl says:

    yes LEGEND

  3. denton davey says:

    Actually, I’m surprised that SAF “only” gave Scholes another year – I think that the way he plays, he can go on like the EverReadyBunny. He might be smaller and play a different position, but he really reminds me of Maldini about whom SAF said (with huge admiration) that he never needs to get his kit dirty because he anticipates so well. Scholes has evolved from a support striker into the same sort of player in midfield – I don’t think he’s getting better with age but he’s changing his game to take his declining speed into account. And the skill doesn’t just go away so he can probably be a really useful player for this team for three to five more years – an impact sub who can really control the game and set the table for younger, faster, strong strikers.

  4. North Stand,Tier 3,Back Row says:

    He scores goals galore…LEGEND

  5. mj says:

    Legend yes, but time to retire.

  6. Superdorz says:

    mj, sorry but that last part was a little silly. Scholes is still the best English midfielder. His passing pisses all over that of Gerrard, Lampard, Barry and
    our very own Carrick. His vision is second to none and he still knows where the goal is, even though he doesn’t get there as quick as he used to :)

    Here’s to the LEGEND making an impact for another few seasons!

  7. TK 99 says:

    Great servant for our club and a REAL legend…

  8. Sully [South Africa] says:

    Shy Superstar SCHOLESY… Where do i begin? Still the best English midfielder of his generation. His passing technique is simply sublime. A great, great servant, and that too a humble servant. If you disagree with me just ask Rio Ferdinand, Peter Schmeichel, Owen Hargreaves, Michael Carrick, David Beckham, and if you still tend to oppose me then just ask Zinedine Zidane, Raul, Edgar Davids, Thierry Henry, Cesc Fabregas, Xabi Alonso, and Luis Garcia… For me, the best central midfielder i’ve ever seen… I LOVE YOU SCHOLESY, YOU GINGER LEGEND. SHOWED BARCA HOW ITS DONE… LEGEND18

  9. james f says:

    The man hasn’t got a manager. This says a lot about him.

  10. Anant says:

    my favourite player . rate him over all the current crop and the fledglings team he was part of . yes , i also like him better than giggsy . keep those long range bombshells coming ginger ninja!

  11. Anant says:

    he hasnt got an agent james , but he has always had the very best MANAGER!

  12. Drew Vader says:

    Anyone else thinks his song, ie his praises, should be sung far more often than they are. I hardly ever hear it. Even last year at home to Barca I heard it a few times after his goal, but then it was right back to another rendition of Viva Ronaldo…

  13. OTRed says:

    I appreciate all he has done and his contribution so far this season, but it’ll be lunacy to offer him 2 more years, lets see how this year pans out first.

  14. john ferry says:

    No one can anticipate the modern game like Scholes. The man is like a Jedi Master, sometimes I think he can play blind The most perceptive midfield player to ever grace the pitch. As a result of being such an astute reader of the game he scores, passes, and tackles- better than gerrard, frank lump_of_lard, berry, Hercules, and Zeus. A true General on the field, a Manchester United Legend.

  15. Tom F says:

    Paul Scholes retire now?


    MJ – Interesting thought. You’re wrong.

  16. mj says:

    Dont let sentiment cloud your judgment. He is arguably the greatest player in the history of the Premier league, but his age is starting to catch up with him. I didnt mean any disrespect to the man, but I feel he is starting to stunt the growth of players like Anderson who is the future. Scholes is a legend, but he cant perform week in and week out. Sorry if I have a different opinion but he just cant produce his magic week in and week out like he used too.

  17. Musab says:

    A true United legend…

  18. Thereddevil17 says:

    He is a legend….whole united is bout him…he dictates our play….just love him pass n start a play….he is the best!!!…

  19. Gary says:

    Mj I know football is all about opinions, but quite frankly your opinion is bollocks.

    “I feel he is starting to stunt the growth of players like Anderson who is the future. Scholes is a legend, but he cant perform week in and week out.”

    How is he stunting the growth of Anderson? Playing week in week out and training with someone like Scholes can only help Anderson you complete moron! He may not score the goals like he used to but he can still control a game from the middle of the park, and his performances over the last 2 season have been fantastic. Thank fuck your not in charge of United, we would get relegated with your judgement on players. To call on Paul Scholes to retire shows what little football knowledge you actually have!

    The word legend is used too much at United, but Paul Scholes is most definitely a legend.

  20. hunts says:

    exactly gary. mj you are a halfwit.

  21. FailsworthDevil says:

    Im prob gonna get slated by ya… and you all know im a mad red.. but here goes…

    Scholes … Legend… There aint no doubt about it… AWESOME Servant to the club…

    Still could do a job in the England Team… YES Totally agree, England have gone shite since he retired from the Internation Set up.

    Great Pro… Yep…. Do no think i have seen a more natural midfielder to grace OT… and prob the premiership.. i rate him as high as Zidane…

    Scored some wonderful goals..

    My only concern and this is where your all gonna jump on me… is does he still have the legs to be a regular…

    Squad player i believe definately… no shadow of doubt….. but a first team regular … and i only say this coz of his legs… nothing to do with ability…

    If he is gonna be coming in and out of the team.. then is that gonna cause a problem with the likes of Ando’s progression, as i believe we will get the very very best out of Anderson, when he gets to play continuously…

    Go on… ive had my say… slate me … im ready lol

  22. Mj says:

    first of all enough with the name calling, sure we have a difference if opinion but that is no excuse to attack me personally. I can guarentee you this, you wouldn’t say it to my face.

    2nd of all he is 34 Fucking years old, when you put the DVDs away he isn’t the same great player he used to be. And having him in thecteam is good for ando, but anybody who KNOWS football would tell you that players need games to mature not just practice sessions.

    So go ahead, be immature and call me names. But I stand by my opinion, so all you can fuck off.

  23. Sully [South Africa] says:


  24. Mj says:

    grow up

  25. Gary says:

    Mj I would glady say it to your face, so stop acting like a childish pratt with statements like “you wouldnt say it to my face”

    To call on Paul Scholes to retire is juts plain madness, and you wouldnt find not one manager in the premiership agreeing with you, because all of them would galdy have a player like him in there team. He doesnt make late runs into the box no more because he has had to change his game to play on longer in his career, his passing ability is unrivaled by any player in the premiership even Fabregas, his positioning is fantastic and his speed of thought and creativity is still amongst the top players in Europe.

    Mj please now fuck off and post your bull shit comments else where!

  26. swapnil says:

    its great to have extended scholes’s contract but i think it was even more important that we have fletcher tied up for long time as well!!the boy’s going to be a great service for us and has already improved so much this season..also i think we should no longer play scholes in starting 11 he should be used more like an impact sub as the other day against bolton…

  27. Sully [South Africa] says:

    Swapnil FUCK YOU bitch

  28. FailsworthDevil says:

    Can ya feel the lurrrrve lol

  29. Mj says:

    like I said grow up… I love Internet gangsters

  30. SULLY [South Africa] says:

    Wat “lurrrve” you on about Failsworthdevil???


    Sully, im pissing about mate lol


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