In less than two weeks’ time, we’ll bid adieu to the finest Manchester United keeper since Peter Schmeichel, as Edwin van der Sar will stroll off into the sunset after the (hopefully victorious) Champions League final against Barcelona.
Is the end also approaching for another United veteran?
Any conversation about United’s stellar successes over the last two decades, and for that matter, the club’s storied history, must include Paul Scholes. It doesn’t take being a United fan to acknowledge that fact, and even the most fervent of United haters can respect and even admire the impact that he’s had on United and on English football in general.
Scholesy has been at the forefront of United’s return to football’s elite in the 90s after little success in the 70s and 80s, and he’s had a huge hand in ensuring we’ve remained there. Without our midfield maestro, we wouldn’t be celebrating just having knocked Liverpool off of the perch they were so firmly entrenched on before he and the likes of Cantona, Keane, Giggs, and Beckham, to name a few, took over.
But after giving us a multitude of memories, like that thunderbolt against Barcelona, which needs no introduction or explanation, and so many other magical moments and performances before and since, we know that the day will soon come when he’ll be waving goodbye to the game.
Will that time be this summer? It’s certainly something to think about, because it’d be ideal for the living legend to go out on top, and being able to end his career with a Premier League/Champions League double would be the ultimate sending-off.