Egy legenda búcsúzik: Paul Scholes

He scores goals galore, 
He scores goals, 
He scores goals galore, 
He scores goals, 
He scores goals galore, 
He scores goals, 
Paul Scholes, 
He scores goals…

A ’92-es öregek közül már csak Ryan Giggs marad aktív a Manchesterben. Nem elég, hogy a BL-döntőt elvesztettük (ami miatt egyébként egyik szerkesztőnk nagyon szomorú volt), most ez is.

Egy nagyszerű pályafutás záródik le ezzel a döntéssel:

1991: Signs for Manchester United as a trainee.

1992: Helps United win FA Youth Cup.

1993: Signs professional forms with United.

1994-95: Makes Premier League debut on September 24 against Ipswich. Scores five goals in 17 league appearances during season.

1995-96: Scores 10 goals in 26 league appearances as the Red Devils win the Premier League and FA Cup double.

1996-97: Hits three goals in 24 league appearances as United retain the Premier League title.

1997May 9 – Called into the England squad by Glenn Hoddle despite only being a reserve for United.

May 24 – Makes his international debut as a substitute against South Africa at Old Trafford.

June 4 – Plays for England in Le Tournoi, scoring on his first start against Italy.

1997-98: Makes 31 league appearances for United, scoring eight goals, as they finish runners-up to Arsenal.

1998May – Selected for England’s World Cup squad.

June – Scores second goal as England win opening match of finals 2-0 versus Tunisia.

1999March – Scores hat-trick in 3-1 win against Poland in Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley.

May – United complete a historic treble of European Cup, Premier League and FA Cup but Scholes misses the European Cup final triumph over Bayern Munich through suspension.

June – Sent off in 0-0 draw against Sweden in Euro 2000 qualifier at Wembley.

November – Scores twice for England in 2-0 win over Scotland in Euro 2000 play-off first leg at Hampden Park.

2000January – Misses World Club Championship for Manchester United after undergoing hernia operation.

June – Scores England’s opening goal after just three minutes in the 3-2 defeat to Portugal in Euro 2000.

2001June – Nets the opener in the crucial 2-0 win over Greece in England’s World Cup qualifier in Athens.

2001-02: Ends the domestic season with eight goals in 35 league appearances and is part of England’s World Cup squad which reaches the quarter-finals.

2002-03: Scores a best-ever 14 league goals as United win their eighth Premier League title, including a hat-trick in a 6-2 win at Newcastle. Adds six goals in other competitions to finish the season with 20.

2004February 14 – Makes his 400th appearance for United in an FA Cup fifth-round derby clash with Manchester City, scoring the first goal in a 4-2 win.

June – Plays in all four of England’s games in Euro 2004, scoring his first international goal for three years in the 4-2 win over Croatia.

August 3 – Makes shock announcement he is retiring from international football.

2005May 21 – Misses a penalty in the FA Cup final shoot-out as rivals Arsenal triumph in Cardiff following a goalless draw.

August 12 – Signs a new four-year deal with Manchester United to keep him at Old Trafford until 2009.

2006January 24 – Ruled out for three months with an eye condition. But is out for even longer and does not play again until final game of the season.

October 22 – Makes 500th appearance for United against Liverpool at Old Trafford, scoring the first goal in a 2-0 victory.

2007May – Helps United win ninth Premier League title.

2008April 29 – Scores winner in Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona to secure 1-0 aggregate triumph.

May 21 – Helps United win Champions League in Moscow, beating Chelsea 6-5 on penalties after a 1-1 draw.

2009March 1 – Part of United side that beats Tottenham on penalties in Carling Cup final.

May – United regain Premier League title but go down 2-0 to Barcelona in Champions League final in Rome.

2010February 28 – Helps United retain Carling Cup with 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

April 16 – Signs new one-year contract.

May – Helps United retain Premier League title. Rejects approach from England manager Fabio Capello to return to international football ahead of World Cup.

2011April 16 – Sent off as United lose 1-0 to Manchester City in FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

May 14 – Helps United win record 19th English league title.

May 28 – Part of the United side beaten 3-1 by Barcelona in Champions League final at Wembley.

May 31 – Announces his retirement from football and intention to take on coaching role at Old Trafford.

 

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