Manchester United midfielder Scholes to retire at end of season

The Red Devils legend will make his final ever appearance for the side against Swansea on Sunday as he follows his manager, for whom he had plenty of praise, into retirement
Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has confirmed that he will retire from football at the end of this season.

The 38-year-old picked up an injury in January and has not featured for the Red Devils since then, making only 14 league appearances in Manchester United's title-winning campaign.

Scholes will, however, make his 717th and final appearance for the side against Swansea on Sunday as he follows his manager, Sir Alex Ferguson, into retirement, who was effusive in his praise of the veteran midfielder.

“Paul is a truly unbelievable player. He has always been fully committed to this club and it has been a real privilege to work with him for so many years," he told the official website. "Paul will play at Old Trafford on Sunday against Swansea and will collect an unbelievable but well-deserved 11th Premier League medal."

Scholes, who retired two years ago only to make a dramatic return six months later, also laid testament to his manager's influence, while he predicted a similarly successful reign for new manager David Moyes.

“Yes, I am finally hanging up my boots for good!" he told the official website. "Playing football is all I have ever wanted to do, and so to have had such a long and successful career at Manchester United, under the greatest manager of all time, has been an honor.

"The team has the right balance and will continue to thrive under the leadership of David Moyes.”