One of Manchester United’s greatest living players has given a rare interview and revealed he has thought ahead about the end of his career.
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Midfield maestro Paul Scholes, who was recently subject to a Living Legends entry, has spoken about his plans to leave the Old Trafford first team in the next two years:
How long will I go on? I’d think two years at the most.
I have one year left on my contract and hopefully I’ll get another one but I suppose it all depends on how you’re feeling and how you’re playing.
At the moment I just think two years would be about right
Having recently passed 500 first team appearances for Manchester United and finally playing in a Champions League final, Scholes would seem to not have anything left to achieve with United. At 33, it is only natural that he consider the end of his career, but as shown in the Champions League last season, he still maintains his eye for goal and hasn’t lost his ability to mistime a tackle.
True to his character, Scholes went on to say that he will miss the football, but not the life that comes with being a modern-day player:
I can’t say that I can’t wait to finish but I am looking forward to finishing with everything that goes with it.
I suppose people are just very invasive and are always wanting to know what you’re going to do.
The only thing I will definitely miss is the football, not the general life of a footballer.
It is a graceful exit from the Salford-born midfielder as he recognises that his first-team appearances will become limited, as has happened to fellow legend Ryan Giggs. However, Scholes, and of course Giggs, still have a lot to offer in terms of experience, consistency and knowledge of the game that can be vital in a trophy hunt.
The general consensus is that Scholes will eventually end up in a coaching role. Having been praised by world great like Marcello Lippi, young players would benefit greatly from him.
But thats the future. This is the present. With that, here is to another couple of great seasons from a United legend.