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QUOTES: From Paul Scholes

All the young lads love the club and want to stay here. When you come from the area it means so much more. We know what Manchester United means to so many people and we all want to be there as long as we can. I have been here for nine years, since I left school at 16. I am 25 now and getting old but I don’t think I will be getting a testimonial for a while. However, I would like to be here until I finish playing and I think it is the same for all the young lads who have come through. You do get frightened that one day they might snatch their hand off but we are certainly at least on a par with any other club. These days, there aren’t many players who stay at one club. They are all off making all the money, turning up one year here and then somewhere else. But we all want to stay together and be part of a successful United for years to come. Me, Becks, Nicky, Ryan, the Nevilles – we all feel the same. No one wants to be part of the side that goes on a bad run – it is inside us. The manager is always talking of hunger and we feel as hungry as ever. We all know what others think of United and we want them to hate us more. The more they do that, the more it means we are winning things. All the young lads want as many medals and trophies as we can – another Treble would be nice!
Paul Scholes on wanting to stay at United (August 2000).

I decided to call it a day with England because it just wasn’t any fun any more. I don’t know why it became like that, I’d just stopped enjoying it. I like being at home as well there was an awful lot of time away from home and my family and for me there’s nowhere better than Manchester.
Paul Scholes on why he quit England.

I really can’t imagine playing anywhere else and I don’t want to either. It’s never been something that’s interested me at all so it’s never become an issue really. Obviously in football you never know and there may come a time when the manager doesn’t want you any more and you have to go. But that would be the only reason that I would leave.
Paul Scholes on being a one club man.

I am 34 in November and hope to still be playing when I am 35. Anything after that will be a bonus. As long as I still feel I am contributing to United, I will carry on.
Paul Scholes, 33, on the future.

I actually didn’t realise it was four years between winning the league. But I certainly did not think it was over during that fallow period. Manchester United is a major club. OK, we were probably not as close as we would have liked to have been but I never thought we would not win it again and the manager did not let us think that way either. At a club like this, you always think you will get it right one year. We managed to do that by beating Chelsea in 2007 and we have gone on to win it again and again.
Paul Scholes on so-called “United decline”.

It was quite special, playing for Manchester United is a big thing. I’m still enjoying it as much as ever, probably more than I have done. The last few games I’ve gone well and managed to get forward, get some chances and it’s a good feeling. It’s just another game we needed to win to stay at the top of the table. People have milestones all the time and we were just concentrating on winning the game and that’s what we managed to do.
Paul Scholes on reaching 500 games for Manchester United, against Liverpool, where he scored a goal.

Sometimes it is difficult when you are swapped about. It is frustrating going into a game not knowing where you will be playing. I have been on the right, left, in the middle and up front. It has been awkward – but you have to get on with it. I have scored a few goals but my performances have not been anywhere near as good as last year.
Ahead of his retirement, Paul Scholes on Sven’s England tactics .

The league is the major trophy, your bread and butter.
Paul Scholes on United’s priority.

I have stayed here because it’s the best club. I’m from Manchester, so why would I want to move? As long as the manager wants me I have wanted to stay. How can I be bored of winning trophies? Bored of winning games every week, or most weeks? Who can get bored of that?
Paul Scholes on why he spend a career with United.

I don’t think they can be classed as a main rival. Our main rivals are obviously Arsenal and Chelsea. I think City are just a rival because of where they are geographically. Liverpool is the same. With them getting the money, it has probably helped us and spurred us on a bit more when we have played them. There has been nothing to choose between us in the last five or six games. They will obviously be pissed off that they have only managed to beat us once [under Sheikh Mansour's ownership]. We have nicked the games with goals in the last minutes. I’ve done it, Michael Owen’s done it and Wayne Rooney did it last season. That’s maybe the difference between the two teams.
Paul Scholes on City as rivals.

You never think about leaving but you always know there is a chance it might happen. Circumstances change – you don’t want to be hanging about if you are not playing well, can’t get into the team and find yourself as a substitute every week. But at the moment I am happy where I am and in an ideal world I would like to stay with Manchester United for the rest of my career. The problem is ideals don’t always become reality. David leaving hasn’t made me feel more vulnerable, it’s part of the game. Not many players stay with one club throughout their career. It’s something you get used to and we will carry on as normal, just as we have when other players have gone before. This is the strongest midfield we have had since I’ve been here. There are more players for a start and that keeps everybody on their toes. You know you have to play well to stay in the team because there are two or three who could come in and take your place if you have a bad game.
Paul Scholes after David Beckham’s departure in 2003.

The challenge will always be to get the next one. This one is out of the way now. We will celebrate it today, have a nice summer, then think about winning the next one. Reaching 19 titles is not something you ever think about. All you want to do is win something. To go on like we have done is a great achievement. Now we want to stretch our lead even more.
Paul Scholes on making it 20.

It’s a big competition and we want to win. But obviously, we’d probably rather be here, playing our league game and not have so many fixtures in January like we’ve got. It’s one of those things. We managed to win the European Cup last year and sometimes afterwards you have to do things maybe you don’t want to do.
Paul Scholes on competing in the FIFA World Club Cup.

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. This was not a decision that I have taken lightly but I feel now is the right time for me to stop playing. To have been part of the team that helped the club reach that 19th title is a great privilege. I would like to thank the fans for their tremendous support throughout my career, I would also like to thank all the coaches and players that I have worked with over the years, but most of all I would like to thank Sir Alex for being such a great manager, from the day I joined the club his door has always been open and I know this team will go on to win many more trophies under his leadership.
Paul Scholes on his retirement.

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  1. Red Devil says:

    My favourite player…ever….
    End of Era….
    The class of 92 is gone
    Woe be the day..
    Why didn’t we sing at the matches to see Paul for one more year….
    Good lord the grief is unbearable..

  2. Balaji Sivaraman says:

    Oh Stop it, Scott!

    Is your plan to make me cry in a room full of project managers? Is it?

    One more post like that and you may have achieved it, if you haven’t already.

    LEGEND. One word to describe the man we all love to call the Ginger Prince.

    Wonderful collection of quotes and it still amazes me that he hasn’t had an agent his entire career.

    I think thanks are necessary for Scholesy’s family too. They should’ve shown tremendous support to him because I don’t think we realize the extent of the sacrifices players like Giggs, Scholes, Gaz, VDS make to be playing for us at their ages. I am sure he has a wonderful wife and kids and wish him a happy future with them.

  3. The Big Red says:

    thanks for the memories paul, lots and lots of them…

    smashing volleys, stunning passes, that goal against barcelona in the semi final, that goal against the scousers in ur 500th mathch and countless others….

    privileged to have watched u in ur prime. england did nto know how to keep and appreciate u. too bad. but we always loved u, always will….

  4. Costas says:

    Scholes spoke? ;)

  5. BerbaGod says:

    He may of been ‘not a man of many words’ but what he did on the pitch spoke much louder than words ever could. A true role-model, genius and LEGEND. Paul, we shall sorely miss you. I am so grateful and in your debt for being able to grow up watching players like you.

  6. gone but not forgoten says:

    ByeBye Scholes we will miss ya

  7. Mahesh says:

    Scholed is an absolute legend. Probably (actually surely) the most talented footballer United has produced, maybe even the most talented football England has produced. But then, he’s also a lovely bloke, and an absolute role model on many fronts. To me if there is one man to whom the word ‘LEGEND’ truly applies, it is this bloke! Oh, and Van Der Sar too! Two legendary individuals both on and off the pitch!

  8. Bohemet says:

    Tears are actually running down my face now, absolute legend!!!

    We will always love you Paul!

  9. Giles Oakley says:

    The Complete Spoken Woprks of Paul Scholes in a handy Souvenir edition. It’s a cliche, but he really did let the ball ‘do the talking’. Great player, great man.

  10. aditya says:

    will miss his passes….

  11. schmadmir says:

    My favorite player of all time.

    Wonderful character and for all the wonderful short passes that Barca make, there was, is and never will be a better long range passer of the ball than Paul Scholes.

    Glad he’s staying on as coach!

  12. unmesh says:

    let’s remember this true legend the way we should. what’s everyone’s favorite scholes memory? mine is the goal against inter in 99. the way he ran to the united fans and joined the rest of the time in a joined hands chain.
    good i’ll miss him. its going to be so wierd watching united play next season. no scholes, no nev, no vds.

  13. LingyM says:

    Greatest CM player we’ve ever had, but couldn’t tackle fish & chips, however I will love him forever, I wish him luck in his new coaching role , hope he gets hold of Ravel Morrison and show him how to be a great pro.

  14. falsafa says:

    Only one befitting word. LEGEND

  15. Warwick says:

    Pure class! Hope he passes his spirit on in his coaching role – but hope he’s not put in charge of teaching tackling!

  16. Zelh says:

    Biggest player ever..
    No homo but I love him!

    farewell scholes.

  17. RedRob says:

    maestro. ginger. cannonball. pinpoint. clumsy tackles. scholes.

    a player that naturally defined football as a beautiful game. my childhood hero.

    thank you, and goodluck, Scholesy! :(

  18. Dave says:

    I may be hungover, but i feel like crying right now just after reading a load of quotes lol. Im not sure why but i would quite like to break down in tears in honour of our three retired legends this season. much love everyone, especially scholesy xx

  19. ManchestHairUnited says:

    haha bit sad that

  20. manutdisadream says:

    he scores goals paul scholes he scores goal. and so on and so on.
    you will be missed scholsey. good luck in the future and may you and your family have a good life

  21. Notey90 says:

    True Legend.

  22. Andy says:

    He will always be my favourite player! THERE’S JUST NO FUSS

  23. Dave says:

    Yea… I actually did have a cry when I watched the video oin uniteds website of a fuckload of beautiful goals by him. Maybe I should sober up

  24. Megamufcdiehard says:

    Wat a player paul ws,so unique in hs way of play.wil surely miss him.A TRUE’t jst get hold of these tears fallin down.if only he hd told us dat he hd made up hs mind durin da season mayb it ws goin 2 be somthng we were going 2 accpt,nt at ths tym.loosin da CL didn’t affect me as this news hs done.all the best in wat he does aftwards.

  25. seanmthered says:

    My favourite player ever, everything looked so easy for him. I can’t describe my love for him literally the perfect midfielder I know Xavi and Iniesta showed there class the other night but Paul Scholes in his day is the superior player thanks for everything nearly in tears here Ginger Prince thanks from the bottom of my heart for everything you’ve done for us it will never be forgotten one of the best ever to do it and I hope you stay involved in the club for the rest of your life.

  26. FULLARD says:

    I would very much like to read an article on Scholes written by one Giles Oakley… is this a possibility?

  27. TheRadLegion says:

    When I bought my jersey, it has always been Scholes written on the back, and it will always be.

  28. Giles Oakley says:

    Hi Fullard, thanks for the flattering request. In due course I would like to write at length about the Ginger Genius (the short version is on the other RoM thread on quotes about him). I won’t do it now because there will rightly be massive coverage in the press, radio and TV, from players, managers etc. Also, I have promised various articles which I want to do first , eg on Nobby Stiles, Bobby Charlton and Bill Foulkes, which in a way take priority becaue of their age (Bill was too unwell to make it to Wembley on Saturday) and because there is a diminishing number of people who have followed United for as long as me and want to write about it. I’d like to put Scholsey’s career into some kind of longer perspective at some point, when the dust has settled a bit. The next piece I’m writing (which I had intended for last week but was unwell) is on the 15th anniversary of the Double Double. Of course Scholsey comes into that as one of the famous kids.

  29. javonazul says:

    It is so weird because you get the feeling that there is NO player that can replace Paul Scholes and his consistency… technical habilities may be around (barcelona midfield example) but consistency, character and almost 20 years with your team without hesitation are just irreplaceable.

  30. Fred says:

    Farewell, Ginger Prince. One of the Greats.

  31. FULLARD says:


    Fantastic! I thoroughly enjoy every one of your articles and very much look forward to the next.

    We should all say a little prayer for Bill. I don’t think we hear enough about legends such as himself, Nobby and the rest of the surviving ‘Babes’. When I’m growing into the twilight of my years I would like to think that young United fans are still thinking of our (then) past heroes such as Scholes, Giggs and Nev. I’d certainly like to help the younger generations appreciate and further educate them about players that they haven’t had the privilege of seeing play, just as you have with your articles. But then again I suppose their will be a lot more video footage of todays generation of players, which I suppose makes your writings all the more valuable. So keep up the good work!

  32. Scholesy the Legend says:

    Has been a united fan only for the past 3 years yet love Scholesy every time he plays on the pitch. What an unlucky bitch I am not to have witnessed the days of Keane,Scholes,Cantona,Beckham.

    With Scholes and Neville retiring it still adds more pain. Fellow fans, can you recommend some classic matches to witness the magic of Scholes, Keane? I would love to download and watch them.

    Happy that atleast Giggs agreed to stay one more year!

  33. FletchTHEMAN says:

    Paul Scholes He scores goals.

    Well said from Paul. Words of humility and from the heart. Hope he does continue with the junior team as has been rumored. But what ever he does do, he will always be a legend for me. You can say alot about a man. But there isn’t much more that can be said if he retires as a full bloodied member of most fans best United 11 ever. No need to bring this one in on the bench, not even a thought about it. Paul Scholes is my midfield marvel.

  34. socratestee says:

    Paul Scholes is, was and will be my favourite player. Love him.

  35. Alex says:

    Thank you….

  36. parjo says:

    Thank you for this compilation. I save it in hope I can read this article 20 years to come.

  37. kel says:

    WTF. Putting Paul Scholes on his retirement on the last row makes me sad.. Heartbreaking moments.


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