Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes is entering in his last year of top flight football. Scholes retired from club football after the end of 2010-11 season. United manager Sir Alex Ferguson re-signed him in January 2012 transfer window. Scholes is one player who can single handedly change the course of the game. United can find another world class player but they can never get another Paul Scholes. The article contains what other footballers say about Paul Scholes.
Sir Alex Ferguson
"Very few players can do that, but Scholes is one of them - and I knew he was one of them. That's why, without question, I think Paul Scholes is the best player in England. He's got the best skills, the best brain. No one can match him."There isn't a player of his mould anywhere in the world."
Sir Bobby Charlton
"I have no hesitation in putting a name to the embodiment of all that I think is best about football. It's Paul Scholes. Players like Denis Law and George Best who I enjoyed as much as team-mates and now, finally, players I have watched closely in the Alex Ferguson era. And in so many ways Scholes is my favorite. I love his nous and conviction that he will find a way to win, to make the killer pass or produce the decisive volley"
"To be honest I think England have lost their best player. Certainly he's the most consistent and naturally gifted player we've had for a long, long time."
"If he was playing with me, I would have scored so many more."
"My toughest opponent? Scholes of Manchester. He is the complete midfielder."
"In the last 15 to 20 years the best central midfielder that I have seen - the most complete - is Scholes. I have spoken with Xabi Alonso about this many times. Scholes is a spectacular player who has everything. He can play the final pass, he can score, he is strong, he never gets knocked off the ball and he doesn't give possession away. If he had been Spanish then maybe he would have been valued more."
"Out of everyone at Manchester United, I would pick out Scholes - he is the best midfielder of his generation. I would have loved to have played alongside him."
"I'm star-struck when I see Paul Scholes because you never see him. On the pitch you can't catch him. Off the pitch he disappears."
"When we were in training, I used to do a lot of tricks which hardly any players at the club could do. Once i was showing my skills to Scholes. After i finished it, Scholes took the ball and pointed to a tree which was about 50m from where we were standing. He said, I'm going to hit it in one shot. He kicked and hit the tree. He asked me to do the same; I kicked about 10 times, but still couldn't hit it, with that Accuracy. He smiled and left."
"At La Masia his name was mentioned a lot. He's a teacher."