Paul Scholes - Update

Paul Scholes Appears Dejected After Champions League Loss


Scholes won 10 Premier League titles with Man United.

He talked about the timing of his retirement.

"I knew it was the right time to happen," he said. "You can't go on forever. It's all done now and I am looking towards the future. There wasn't one moment in particular. There were a few games later in the season where I didn't feel great, and in training as well. In general it was the way I felt.

"Nobody wants to play a bit-part, but I'd realised that at this stage of my career and where I was physically, it was the right way to use me. But, it wasn't the odd game, I was only actually feeling good when I was coming on for the last 15 or 20 minutes at the end of matches, which wasn't right."

During his career he received 90 yellow cards - making him the third most-booked player in Premier League history.

However, Scholes remarked that he was not a "dirty" player.

"I would never intentionally try to hurt somebody," Scholes said. "Nobody has ever had to go off following one of my tackles and nobody has broken their leg. I have never been nasty."

His last career red card was for a thigh-high challenge on Pablo Zabaleta in Man United's FA Cup semi-final defeat by Manchester City at Wembley in April. Sir Alex Ferguson remarked "the red mist sometimes descends" on 36-year-old Scholes.

Scholes defended himself.

"I have just been unlucky," he said. "I never had red mist against anybody. The one against Zabaleta, I didn't do on purpose. It was just bad timing."

"The ball was up there and the way your leg goes it has to come down and unfortunately it came down on his leg. I would never intentionally try to hurt somebody. Nobody has ever had to go off following one of my tackles and nobody has broken their leg. I have never been nasty."

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