Paul Scholes is a central midfielder who has played for Manchester United throughout his entire career. He turned professional in July 1993 but only managed to break into the senior side in the 1994/95 campaign where he made 17 appearances and scored five goals. He also came on as a substitute during Manchester United's 1995 FA Cup final defeat against Everton. During 1995/96, Scholes was positioned in a striker's role for a large part. The change was successful as he notched 14 goals in all competitions as United won a League and Cup double. He won the Premier League again the following season but was restricted to 16 league appearances.
The season after brought about more disappointment for Scholes as United finished the season without a major trophy despite him being a regular in the attacking midfield role. However, the 1999 campaign saw Scholes utilised as a key part of the team in the historic treble winning season. Nevertheless, a European suspension saw his season finish on a low point as he missed the Champions League final against Bayern Munich.
The next couple of years saw Scholes as an ever present force in the United midfield. He scored a career high 20 goals in all competitions during the 2003 season and managed a further 14 the following season. However, Scholes' slow decline in form began in the second half of the 2006 campaign after he was ruled out for a lengthy period with blurred vision. There were fears at the time that this could end Scholes' career. Ever since, Scholes has become more of a bit part player in the United midfield as age catches up with him. Nevertheless, he still has a knack of scoring important goals and in April 2009, he made his 600th Premier League appearance.
Throughout the late nineties and the early noughties, Scholes was a key player in the England national team and scored 14 goals in total. He made a positive impact at the 1998 and 2002 World Cup although he announced his retirement as early as 2004 due to family reasons and his club career with Manchester United being more important.
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