Manchester United's Paul Scholes retires for second time

Alex Livesey

Paul Scholes will bring his spectacular career to an end after the season.

Paul Scholes will retire after the season and this time he insists he will stay retired. The Manchester United midfielder retired in May 2011, but returned the following January after admitting he missed playing.

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

Scholes will leave United with Sir Alex Ferguson, who has been the midfielder's only manager and will also retire after the season. The 38-year-old has barely played since injuring his knee in January and hasn't played in the league since December, but Ferguson said that he will play on Sunday against Swansea. It is the last home match of the season for the Red Devils and will be Scholes' final match at Old Trafford, one that will also see United presented with the Premier League trophy.

Scholes will collect his 11th Premier League medal on Sunday in his 717th appearance for United. He was one of the world's best midfielders for years and at the heart of United's 1999 treble winning side. Zinedine Zidane even said that Scholes was "in a class of his own."

It is expected that Scholes will take a role within the club, continuing a career-long association with Manchester United, from the academy, to the first team and trophies, and now into retirement.

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