Who is Paul Scholes?
Paul Scholes, who was born on 16 November 1974 in Salford, is an English manager and former Man United player. Scholes spent his whole professional playing career with the Red Devils, for whom the midfielder scored over 150 goals in more than 700 games between 1993 and 2013. Paul played his debut game for Man United in the 1994–95 campaign. Scholes went on to play 718 matches for the Red Devils, the third-highest number of games by any footballer for Man United. Paul announced his retirement from playing in May 2011 and was appointed as a manager at Man United. However, Scholes returned to playing in winter 2012 and went on to play one more campaign for the Red Devils before retiring again in May 2013. With Man United, Paul won 25 titles, including 11 Premier League trophies (more than any other English footballer) and two UEFA Champions League trophies. Paul represented the Three Lions from 1997 to 2004, gaining 66 caps and participating in the 1998 and 2002 Mundials, as well as the UEFA Euro 2000 and Euro 2004 competitions. Paul announced his retirement from international football in summer 2004, citing his family life and his club career with the Red Devils as being more important.
All you need to know about Paul Scholes’ manager career
In February 2019, Paul was appointed as coach of League Two club Oldham Athletic, having been cleared to take place by the English Football League in light of his ownership of Salford City. In March, Paul resigned as coach, having won once in his seven matches, following interference from club owner Abdallah Lemsagam in first-team affairs. In October 2020, Paul was appointed interim manager of Salford City, following the departure of Graham Alexander. Paul’s first match in charge was a 1–0 defeat to Port Vale in October, and Scholes quickly ruled out taking the position permanently, citing the need for a more experienced coach. Paul’s first win came three days later with a 3–0 victory over struggling Southend United. Paul left the role in November 2020, following the permanent appointment of Richie Wellens to the post. In 2014, it was announced that Paul, along with fellow Man United players Gary Neville, Ryan Giggs, Nicky Butt, and Phil Neville, had agreed on a deal to purchase Salford City ahead of the 2014–15 campaign. With plans to get the team to the Football League. In winter 2015, Paul and Phil Neville were caretaker coaches of Salford for a 2–1 victory over Kendal Town, between the dismissal of Phil Power and the appointment of Anthony Johnson and Phil Morley.