Old Trafford veteran will remain at the club as coach.
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has announced his retirement from professional football but will remain at the club as a coach.
The 36-year-old helped his team win a record-breaking 19th league title but his final appearance in the red shirt was in the Champions League final defeat to Barcelona.
The former England international had been a bit-part player over the last campaign and it was rumoured he had grown frustrated.
He will take up his new coaching role from next season but fans will see him play one more time in his testimonial next August.
“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,” Scholes told the club’s website.
“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.”
Scholes’ manager throughout his career, Sir Alex Ferguson, paid tribute to his playing career and predicts a bright coaching future.
“What more can I say about Paul Scholes that I haven’t said before,” Ferguson said. “We are going to miss a truly unbelievable player.
“Paul has always been fully committed to this club and I am delighted he will be joining the coaching staff from next season.
“Paul has always been inspirational to players of all ages and we know that will continue in his new role.”