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Goal.com have picked out the midfielder's ultimate highlights, chronicling a spell that saw 24 trophies in 16 seasons for the Old Trafford legend

Having been at Manchester United since the age of 14, it comes as little surprise that even in his retirement from the playing the game, Paul Scholes will still be making an impact as a coach.

Since making his debut in 1994, Scholes has gone on to win 24 trophies at arguably the largest club in the world and become one of the most celebrated footballers of his generation and all the while, maintained a quiet, determined nature, opting to shun the celebrity lifestyle that became so prevalent in the game towards the end of the 20th century. Letting his feet do the talking; players, coaches and fans from across the world have been more than willing to listen.

Now, to honour the great man's retirement, Goal.com have compiled the 10 defining moments of the midfielder's career, starting at the very beginning and looking at the high points for a man who has been simply incomparable in his 16 years at the very top...

A STAR IS BORN
VS PORT VALE (A) | SEPTEMBER, 1994
As is still the way at United, Ferguson opted to test his young starlets in the League Cup back in 1994 and Scholes lined up in his debut against Port Vale. He hit both of United's goals to kick his Red Devils career off in perfect fashion. It's fair to say that he hasn't looked back.


ITALIAN JOB DONE 
V INTER (A) | MARCH, 1999
Having come on as a sub with only 15 minutes remaining in the second leg of United's crucial quarter-final against Inter at San Siro, Scholes sent United through with an all important strike two minutes from time to set up a tie against Juventus in the semi-final. I think we all know what happened after that.


TRIUMPH IN TURIN 
VS JUVENTUS (A) | APRIL, 1999
The efforts of Roy Keane in the Champions League semi-final in Turin, despite knowing he would be absent from the club's first European Cup final in three decades, are often lauded as one of the great captain performances. Scholes, ever understated, suffered the same fate but was still pivotal off the bench to defeat the Italian giants, proving himself to be as much a team player as he was a genius in isolation.


DOUBLE SECURED 
VS NEWCASTLE UNITED (N) | MAY, 1999
With Sir Alex Ferguson's side chasing a historic treble, the Red Devils came up against Newcastle at Wembley in the FA Cup final. Having dominated the Magpies throughout, Scholes doubled United's advantage in the second half with a fine strike 20 yards out to put United well on their way to making history.


KING OF SCOTLAND
VS SCOTLAND (A) | NOVEMBER, 1999
Scholes' imperious form at club level led to the midfielder becoming a main-stay in the England set-up and his reputation as the country's finest player was cemented with a brace in a play-off against Scotland at Hampden Park to secure the Three Lions' passage to Euro 2000.


ON THE VOLLEY
VS BRADFORD CITY (A) | MARCH, 2000
If one goal could define the career of United's so-called Ginger Prince, then none fit the bill quite like his 71st minute volley against Bradford City on March 25, 2000. Meeting a perfectly weighted Beckham corner, Scholes somehow hammered the ball first-time with an elegance more befitting a ballerina. A truly magnificent effort.


BOWING OUT 
INTERNATIONAL RETIREMENT | AUGUST, 2004
Having been pushed out to left midfield to accommodate Steven Gerrard and Frank Lampard in the England midfield by Sven Goran Eriksson, Scholes retired and focused entirely on United. With proper rest come the end of the season, many believe that it was this decision that ensured he remained at the highest level up into his mid-thirties. On his retirement, United legend George Best said: "To be honest I think England have lost their best player."

500 CLUB 
VS LIVERPOOL (H) | OCTOBER, 2006
Scholes became only the ninth player in Manchester United's history to reach 500 games against the club's fiercest rivals in 2006 and marked the occasion in the only way he knew how. Scoring the opener and delivering a masterful performance in the middle, he entered the list of Old Trafford greats by proving his artistry once again.


BARCA BULLET 
VS BARCELONA (H) | APRIL, 2008
Up against a Barcelona side including the likes of Messi, Xavi and Iniesta, it was going to take something extra special to secure United's passage to Moscow for the Champions League final and on the 14th minute, Scholes unleashed a flying 25-yard effort worthy of winning any game. It would be enough send United through where they would go on to beat Chelsea and pick up the club's third European Cup.


DERBY DRAMA 
VS MANCHESTER CITY (A) | APRIL, 2010
Paul Scholes, just like the rest of the class of '92, had United's never-say-die attitude engrained from an early age and so it showed when he coolly headed home in the 93rd minute to silence the Red Devils' 'noisy neighbours' and keep their own title hopes alive. He even got a kiss from Gary Neville for the goal come the final whistle.

Do you have your own favourite memories of Scholes that didn't make it in our list? Let us know with your comments below and pay your tributes to United's midfield legend.
 

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